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JDIP comes to a close this year

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 26, 2013    

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THE Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) is scheduled to close by the end of 2013, after utilising a total of US$400 million (J$40 billion).

An executive summary, prepared by the National Works Agency (NWA) and presented to Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) at Gordon House on Wednesday, stated that at the end of May 2013, the value of work done was US$366.8 million (J$36.6 billion), with the remaining US$33.2 million (J$3.3 billion) to be spent by December.

To date, 256 projects have been completed, of which 103 are ongoing and at various stages of completion.

The Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) element is not included in these statistics, but has been allocated US$50 million (J$5 billion) to be spent by December.

Among the uncompleted projects are:

St Andrew — Unity-Tom's River (Belmont/King Weston Road) (98 per cent completed); Jack's Hill Road (78 per cent); Cassia Park Bridge, ( 77 per cent); Queensborough Bridge, (82 per cent); Leith Avenue (95 per cent); Mountain View Avenue, St. Andrew (80 per cent).

A number of roads which are being upgraded in the Jones Town areas of Southern St Andrew are also uncompleted including: Myers Street, Union Street, Penn Street, Pouyatt Street, Crooks Street, Jamaica Street and Benbow Street.

Uncompleted rural road projects include: Natural Bridge/Pear Tree Grove (Riversdale to Pear Tree), St Catherine (80 per cent); Newell-Bethany, St Elizabeth (49 percent); Hellshire Main Road, St Catherine (95 per cent); Joe Hut, New Hope and Warsop-Thompson Town, Trelawny (75 per cent, 70 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively); Hyde-Clarkes Town, Trelawny (65 per cent); Durries-Canaan (90 per cent), Spring Mount-Sunderland (70 per cent), Granville-Retirement (90 per cent); Norwood Ironshore (90 per cent); Rosemont Crescent (95 per cent); Hatfield ( 95 per cent); King Street-Green Pond (75 per cent); Palmyra-Cornwall (95 per cent); Wilshire-Lethe (95 per cent), all in St James.

Westmoreland Bridge, St Mary (Riley-Dias-Glasgow, Hanover (36 per cent); Hertford-Flower Hill (Grange-Flower Hill), Westmoreland (48 per cent) and (Hertford-Grange) (93 per cent). Main Ridge Road, Clarendon (45 per cent); Peace River Road (40 per cent); Bailey Town- Patty Gully, Clarendon (45 per cent).

A major US$353 million infrastructure project funded jointly by the China Ex-Im Bank and the Jamaican Government will be rolled out starting this fiscal year. The new programme will be called the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP). It is being introduced as JDIP comes to an end.

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