LICENSES (RECURRENT REVENUE PROJECTED AT $11,980,000.00)
This increase is based upon a new licensing system.
There was a complete reorganization of this department. The increase in projected revenue is purely due to compliance and not an increase in fees.
Forty one thousand three hundred and eleven (41,311) drivers are currently in the system and paying their licenses. There is increased surveillance with the assistance of the Police, which will assist in realizing the projected increase in revenue.
In relation to the constant comparison by the Former Minster for Communication and Works, it is necessary to note the following:
Soufriere Bridge total width is 10.5 meters
Bonterre Bridge-19.5 meters
Yet a relative comparison reveals that the Bonterre Bridge which is being constructed by this administration is cheaper.
An allocation of $2 million has been made for bridges in the 2013/2014 Estimates. This allocation will be used to construct abutments for Bailey Bridges already purchased and paid for. This means that the costs will be substantially reduced because there is no need to construct slabs. Bailey Bridges are prefabricated metal slabs for bridge deckings.
The Ministry works on three principles: efficiency, accountability and transparency. Therefore, the allocation of $2 million is sufficient. In these critical times, it is essential that a cost is reviewed to save money.
• The Bois D’Orange Bridge is a World Bank Project. The Bank has asked for a review of the designs. An engineer was appointed by the Bank who amended the designs that have since been approved by the World Bank.
• A three dimensional diagram of the Bridge will be erected shortly. Thereafter, the tendering process will open to the public.
• The designs have just been completed by the Choc Bridge and being reviewed.
• The Creslands Bridge in Soufriere is nearing completion.
In the last year, the Dubonair Bridge in Dennery North was constructed, changing the lives of residents.
FEEDER ROADS $1,509,818.00
This allocation represents the final payments roads which have been constructed and the project has closed. The Kuwait Government has promised to finance a new set of roads which will be made public soon.
WEST COAST ROAD OVER LAY
Due to financial constraints, the overlay will not be done, but general maintenance will continue.
DESILTING OF RIVERS AND DRAINS-$2,000,000.00
The $2 million represents efficiencies in the system. In the last year, exorbitant sums have been claimed for contracts issued by the former administration where, in some cases, work was never done. Monitoring will be undertaken to minimize cost, but the safety and security of communities will not be compromised.
The estimated cost for total slope stabilization around the island is $33 million. Last year, $8 million was spent. This year $4 million will be spent. Due to constraints, only critical work will be undertaken.
While there is a downward adjustment in the Ministry of Infrastructure, past examples of overestimation and poor supervision leads the Government to believe that more can be done with less. For example, under the last administration: ALLAN BOUSQUET HIGHWAY (CHOC TO BABONNEAU), ANSE GER TO DESRUISSEAUX ROAD, BOCAGE CHABOT SUNBUILT ROADS were all overestimated. During the previous year, more roads have been repaired for less than half of the cost of these three roads.
DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAMME-$9,000,000.00
Twenty projects have been identified. Seven have been completed by this administration. Six were completed by the former administration.
Status of incomplete:
Geneau Landslides- Caribbean Development Bank is insisting in geotechnical analysis. A Trinidadian company has undertaken the analysis and has submitted a recommendation. The project works estimates will be prepared soon.
BARRE D’ISLE SLIDE 1- the geotechnical analysis is complete and the design is ready.
Sulphur Springs Road- work will commence in six months.
Based on all information available, allocations were made only for reasonable projections.
IMPROVEMENT TO MAJOR INTERSECTIONS-$500,000.00
Junction between Gros Islet and Rodney Bay Highway will be improved.
REHABILITATION OF RESIDENTIAL ROADS-$400,000.00
This is a new head to partner with land owners where roads are incomplete.
REPAIRS TO SCHOOL PLANT-$1,500,000.00
Every constituency was touched in 2012/2013. In Castries Central for example the Toilet facility at the RC Boys School which was closed for over four years was refurbished.
SOUTHERN ROADS PROJECT
These roads are 60 km of roads which will be undertaken through a PPP. The consultancy has been advertised.
IMPACT IN CASTRIES EAST
• Despite constraints, the social Programmes remain. The NICE Project is in high demand and will be funded.
• Extensive work is ongoing at the Marchand Grounds.
• A road has been constructed behind Ferrands Dairy.
• In the George Charles Boulevard, with the support for the Minister for Finance, a public facility will be constructed. Government has acquired the property.
• The Bocage Court was lit.
• There are now four playing fields in Castries East that are being maintained and can be used by the public, thanks to collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports.
• A mini-court will be built in Pavee, this financial year.
• The Bocage School was re-roofed.
• PROUD: The lands in Rock Hall will be rationalized.
Despite the downward adjustment, the business of the people will continue, as efficiency will be introduced.
The downward adjustment reflects elimination of wastage.