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Contact: Sherlana Ernest


Tuesday August 16, 2011 – The rain and wind of the passed few weeks have not helped the geographical trouble spots that were left by Hurricane Tomas. Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities Officials continue to face challenges with areas such as Barre De l’Isle, Trois Piton and Soufriere amongst other communities.


According to Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Guy Joseph, there is still a lot of work to be done. Presently, he says, with the threat of landslides, works are soon to commence in Barre De l’Isle and Soufriere.


“Because of the challenges of procurement and the long delays that we are experiencing in the execution of the CDB funded projects the Prime Minister made available some funds that we can undertake a few of the critical works in the Barre de l’Isle. So we should see within the next week and a half some work in the Barre de l’Isle, once the tenders are in, and the Tenders Board is able to review them on time. In Soufriere we suffered with a major slide, in an area where we had no problems with in Hurricane Tomas. nd we were able to mobilize immediately and get the work going. We are hoping to put the pedestrian crossing bridge in Soufriere, for the reopening of school in the next couple of weeks. And I know that the tenders board they have reviewed the tenders that came in and an award should be made during this week. So that we can see some major work starting in the reconstruction of or a new bridge in Soufriere.”   Minister Joseph explain.


Taking into account that it is currently the hurricane season, the Minister for Communications and Works believes that, with the support of Saint Lucians, Government officials will continue to steadfastly work in repairing and rebuilding as many areas as possible, nationwide.

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