Construction of Parliament Building delayed

Construction on the Grenada Houses of Parliament was carded to begin in the early months of 2016 but to date no significant work has been done on the project.

The Australian government had originally committed US$5 million towards the project during the 2008-13 reign of the Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress government.

However, within months of the New National Party (NNP) of Dr. Keith Mitchell coming to power the Aussies reneged on the agreement.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), which had made a promise to Congress to provide another US$5 million is believed to be still onboard with the project.

The Mitchell-led government announced that Mexico has pledged US$5 million to take care of the pull out from the Australian government.

Speaking to reporters at Tuesday’s post-Cabinet Press Briefing at the Ministerial Complex, Minister for Legal Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Elvin Nimrod said government has received some funding for the project but could not give much details about the state of construction.

He said: “Some monies have been received, so we’re still awaiting some from another country but all in all I’m very optimistic that this building will be constructed and completed.

“The project will be viable, viable in the sense that it would commence very, very shortly in terms of the substantive work”, he added.

THE NEW TODAY understands that some work had started on the project when former British Prime Minister David Cameron had visited the island last year in order to lure financial assistance from London.

The site that is being prepared for the construction of the new Parliament Building is the Governor General’s residence at Mt. Wheldale.

The Parliament Building was designed by a local outfit known as Caribbean Office of Co-operative Architecture (COCOA) as a green building.

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