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JLP suspicious of elegant corridor plans

Published:Tuesday | December 9, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party is raising suspicion of political expedience in relation to a proposed road project by the tourism ministry in the Mountain View area of St Andrew.




Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill has announced that the Tourism Ministry plans to carry out a multimillion-dollar project to develop the Mountain View to Harbour View roadway into an elegant corridor leading to the Norman Manley International Airport.



However, the Opposition Spokesperson for Tourism, Shahine Robinson says McNeill needs to provide answers about the project which she says will benefit the constituencies of People's National Party MPs, Phillip Paulwell and Julian Robinson.



She says the proposed project is suspicious because the government had long ago developed a special route for tourists to traverse from the Norman Manley International Airport into the city.



She notes that this route would take visitors up South Camp Road and not along Mountain View Avenue.



She says this was put in place to safeguard visitors against possible violent flare-ups in the Mountain View area.



Robinson says the Government has given no update which could serve as indication of improved safety on the proposed road repairs route.



According to her, the project on the face of it appears very political in nature and is simply out of balance with the needs in the tourism sector and a waste of already very limited public resources dedicated to the sector.



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