The construction of the National Athletic Stadium at Queen’s Park, the building to house Parliament and the multi-million dollar Kuwaiti-funded Agricultural Feeder Roads phase two are among major projects listed to be undertaken by the Keith Mitchell-led government in St. George’s in 2014.
Prime Minister Mitchell alluded to the projects as he presented the $933,932,530 million Budget of Revenue and Expenditure for 2014 last week Tuesday.
An official sod-turning ceremony to signal the start of construction at the national athletic and football stadium was scheduled for this week.
Dr. Mitchell said the Chinese government has agreed to build the athletic and football stadium for Grenada at a cost of approximately $68 million.
“There will be several employment opportunities as government has requested that local labour be used as much as possible,” said the Prime Minister.
He pointed out that the contractor is already on site, actual work will start next month and construction is scheduled to be completed by August 2015.
The new stadium is expected to hold a capacity of 7,000 persons on completion.
Grenada’s original stadium at Queen’s Park was badly damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
China rebuilt the cricket stadium for the 2007 Cricket World Cup as part of a deal which saw the then governing Mitchell administration sever ties with the Republic of China on Taiwan.
The construction of a new building to house the Grenada Parliament is another major project listed by the Keith Mitchell led administration for 2014.
The project, estimated to cost approximately $30 Million, was initiated by former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and his National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Thomas had announced that he was able to secure commitments from the Government of Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the project.
The NNP regime has since claimed that it has secured additional grant financing from UAE to co-finance this project with Australia.
Seven firms have been short-listed and a tender for this project will soon be launched.
Prime Minister Mitchell announced that Carriacou’s Princess Royal Hospital Water Project and the Top Hill senior citizens home will be done under the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) in 2014.
In addition, the water project for the Princess Royal hospital will be completed this year at a cost of $400,000, while construction has begun on the critical and long-awaited Top Hill senior citizens home at a cost of $1.3 million.
Other projects under the BNTF include, repairs on three medical stations – Petite Martinique, Vincennes and Paradise.
According to Dr. Mitchell, work will also be done on several other social infrastructure projects including the Non- Pariel pre-school and St. Paul’s Multi-purpose centre.
At least $2.5 million is expected to be spent on this programme in 2014.
Three roads in the parish of St. David’s are close to completion under the controversial Agricultural Feeder Roads Phase II project undertaken by Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) with funding from Kuwait.
These are Laura Estate, Mt. Tranquil and Morne Delice to Mount Gazo.
Under the MAREP programme, government has allocated $4.25 million to help bring more jobs into rural Grenada and providing certified vocational training to young people in rural communities as well as stimulate economic growth by working in the communities to support people who wish to start their own business.
The Prime Minister also made mention of the St. Patrick’s roads project which seeks to rehabilitate 16 kilometres of road from Duquense to Sauteurs and from Mt. Fendue to Pointzfield at an estimated cost of $27.0 million.
Designs are already completed and funding has been secured from the OPEC Fund for International Development ahead of the start of construction next year.
The budget also provides $10 million for road maintenance including debushing.
In addition, $6 million have been allocated by government for asphalt works to support this programme while $5 million dollars have been earmarked for concrete works to provide roads, drainage and retaining walls.
Under the school rehabilitation project, $28.5 million will be used by government to fund the renovation of a number of schools.