Gov’t breaks ground for WASCO’s headquarters despite MP’s cold shoulder

By SNO Staff

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Artist rendition of the project

(SNO) – The government has broked ground for WASCO’s new headquarters in Vieux Fort despite concerns raised by Member of Parliament for Vieux Fort North, Dr. Kenny Anthony.

Anthony had declined an invitation to attend the ground breaking ceremony, which took place last Friday afternoon, saying he had not seen any drawing for the proposed building submitted to the Development Control Authority (DCA).

He accused WASCO of being like the government by holding “sod turning ceremonies for proposed projects when no approved plans for such projects exist.”

But according to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, construction on the project will begin “in early March upon receipt of the final approvals from the Development Control Authority (DCA).”

He said the new building “will allow WASCO to improve the quality of service offered to the public whilst providing an adequate and comfortable space for their well deserving staff.”

“The designs for this building were done by a local engineering firm from Vieux Fort, with the construction contract also being awarded to a local company from Vieux Fort after they emerged the bid winner upon completion of the tendering process,” the Prime Minister explained.

He stated that construction is expected to be completed by December 2020.

Chastanet said that more water development is coming for the south of the island.

“The contract for the commencement of Phase 1 of the Vieux Fort Water Supply Redevelopment Project was recently signed, and in the next few weeks we will be returning to Vieux Fort with WASCO for the commencement of one of the largest water supply development projects undertaken in Saint Lucia’s history,” he remarked.

No price tag was given for the project.

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