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Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - The Basic Needs Trust Fund and Water and Sewage Company in collaboration with the Ministry of Physical Development, Environment and Housing have identified depressed areas within Castries where projects will be undertaken to fix some long outstanding problems.

In his contribution to this year’s budget debate, the Minister for Physical Development, Environment and Housing, Honourable Ignatius Jean said that there is a perception that people who live in Castries “are blessed with all the basic amenities.”

“People believe that Castries has everything, but Castries does not have everything Mr. Speaker. There are very depressed areas in Castries Mr. Speaker. There are people today in Castries who do not have running water to their homes. People without toilets and more,” said Jean.

The Water and Sewage Company and the Basic Needs Trust Fund have already laid down the estimates to undertake a water project for residents in the North Rock area in Bisee and to improve the road conditions in that area.

Several other communities within Castries have been cited in the Budget Address as having been recently furnished with basic amenities such as electricity, water and improved roads, while some other projects are in the pipeline. Another programme will also be undertaken by the Poverty Reduction Fund to bring long awaited relief to residents of Star City and Scape Town in Castries.


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