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Preparatory work on DSH site continues

By Kingsley Emmanuel

dscn0380Contrary to rumors that work on the Desert Star Holding (DSH) project in Vieux-For has come to a sudden halt, work on the site has not stopped.

However, the preparatory work which began just over a month ago is expected to end next week.

Workers on the site say they have no idea when the next stage will be approved.

The preparatory work includes the clearing of lands, levelling of the site and the construction of offices, among others. Currently, some of the top soil is being removed, which will complete the preparatory stage.

But due to rain no work took place on the site Wednesday and Thursday.

When the work began, just a few truckers were hired. Currently, a number of truckers, mainly from the south of the island, such as Micoud and Augier, have recently been employed on the project. There are about 10 trucks and four excavators engaged on the project.

Opponents of the project have claimed that there is nepotism on the part of government officials in relation to work on the project.

Residents of the south say they are keeping a keen eye on the awarding of contracts on the project, hoping that construction workers in the south of the island will be given their fair share of work on it.

Among the trucks seen on the site was one marked, Cepal Holding Inc., which is a business based in the north of the island.

At the commencement of work on the project, there was dissatisfaction among the United Workers Party (UWP) camp in Vieux-Fort when an executive member of its constituency group expressed dissatisfaction with the awarding of contracts on the project, claiming that persons who did not support the party were given contract on the project.

He was recently given a job on the project.

Investigations by this reporter revealed that he expressed his annoyance openly to a government official.

Over the past few months there have been a number of protest marches organised by several groups in Vieux-Fort, opposing the project in its present form, and called for more details of the agreement with its developer.

 

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12 comments

  1. So make up you'll mind. First 'they' say stop the project, they dont want it.
    now the project moving on 'their' tune change. Now 'they' saying its nepotism and 'they' watching to see who getting jobs.

    But 'you all' didn't want it. Be consistent. Refuse the wuk

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  2. Folks, wake up, wake up there's a real world out there. China is laying a debt trap for us in St Lucia and we are running toward it like a set of gol-gols! That race course is not about you getting a job, or you, or me, or he or she. The chinaman has us scrabbling around in the dirt like dogs fighting over a chicken bone. Meanwhile, the massa developer and his crooked buddies are dividing the spoils.
    Read this if you want to stay alive. If nothing else, just read the last sentence: "Countries that are not yet ensnared in China’s debt trap should take note – and take whatever steps they can to avoid it."
    https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-one-belt-one-road-loans-debt-by-brahma-chellaney-2017-01

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    • Johnny says today's society has moved away from the good book and are worshipping the Devil and his consumerism. No doubt we are all using the electronic gizmos made by the so called Chinaman, in his plants were he pay a dollar a day, yet we haven't stopped using them?? We are a slave to the Devil's tools, yet don't enjoy Jah's blessings.

      Johnny sad again...make him happy

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  3. Hamalraj Handasamy

    I get here three weeks ago and live in the work camp carved out of bush. St. Lucia great place to work, This is good project. I look much forward to when my brothers and cousins arrive to also work on this most great project. Good money.

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  4. The arguments against this project has moved to who is getting work in the preparatory stage...wait til its finished and the entirety of the south gets work and labour looses four seats!

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    • It is more like all seats. Ask them to make gor-gor promises like making health care #1, if they vote them in again. En rouge? Look it.

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  5. That's right Mr. PM, let's keep moving. We need the jobs from this investment. Thank You!

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    • Those that are thinking st Lucians will get jobs at this project site are fooling them self asked the prime liar who will be contacting this project and you will find out its a Chinese construction company which is the largest contraction company in world so they will be bringing the own workers just tonight there i was watching the news and jaimicas are complaining about that same thing just wait for it it's coming.

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  6. "At the commencement of work on the project, there was dissatisfaction among the United Workers Party (UWP) camp in Vieux-Fort when an executive member of its constituency group expressed dissatisfaction with the awarding of contracts on the project, claiming that persons who did not support the party were given contract on the project." Really??

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    • Exactly, this is why victimization will never end in this country, when your party in party in power. No one from the other party must get any work or contracts but when you in opposition you crying victimization and job for the boys!

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    • Well seems like the UWP is different after all!! I don't know just speculating.

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    • This is why St. Lucia won't move forward at the rate it's supposed to do. People fighting down because of party colors, instead of seeing the benefit for ALL!!!!!

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