KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator AJ Nicholson will be making a full statement on the discussion and decisions arrived at following a meeting with Trinidad and Tobago's Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran this week.
Nicholson made the disclosure while responding to ques ...more »
IAN Hayles — State Minister in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change — said his ministry was embarking on plan to ressurrect the Rapid Response Unit.
Hayles comments came during a Parliament address in June.
The state minister blamed the previous Jamaica Labour Party administration of shutting down the unit.
The Rapid Response Unit was created in 1999 to provide immediate relief from existing water supply problems in some communities as well as during periods of natural disasters and drought.
At the time, only 26 trucks were in operation of 100 belonging to the unit.
Five months later, the unit has 27 operational trucks.
According to the Ministry, the project received a budget of $10 million for 2013/14. This was supplemented by contributions made by Members of Parliament from the Constituency Development Funds (CDF).
As at September 30, the Ministry had spent $9.7 million or 97% of the Rapid Response budget, leaving only $300,000 available for the rest of the financial year.
The Project has delivered water to all parishes except St Thomas and St Catherine.
It is being supplemented by a $50 million Rainwater Harvesting and Catchment Tank Rehabilitation programme covering areas of Manchester, Hanover, St Elizabeth, Portland, St. Ann, Westmoreland and Trelawny, as well as the $227 million Rural Water Supply project which is involves a comprehensive rural water upgrading and repairs programme. The programme is scheduled to be completed by next March and covers areas of Clarendon, St Catherine, St. Thomas, Portland and St Mary.
Old water trucks parked in Portmore, St Catherine.
(PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)
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