A government team led by Minister of Works Gregory Bowen, Health Minister, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) in the Ministry of Works, Winston Gabriel last week visited the almost completed Bonaire River flood mitigation project.
The purpose of the visit was to inspect the project to ensure that the final stages were going according to plan and schedule.
Minister Bowen expressed great satisfaction with the quality and timeliness of the project.
“I am thrilled with the way the community has embraced and benefitted both directly and indirectly from this project”, he told the Government Information Service (GIS).
When the question of how to utilize the extra stones created by the dredging of the river, arose; Kelvon Burke, local site engineer deployed to the project by the Ministry of Works, indicated that the stones will be placed strategically along the sides and bed of the river.
This, according to Burke, “will control the velocity of the flow, thereby reducing the amount of silt and other debris washing downstream into the bay, when the heavy rains begin”.
Minister Modeste-Curwen, the Parliamentary representative for St. Mark used the visit to engage the workers in a short meeting; aimed at getting a feel for the local teams’ experience on the project and also to listen to their concerns, mainly related to future engagements with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).
Workers listened attentively as the Minister re-enforced her commitment to create sustainable opportunities for her constituents.
In a short address, she told the workers, “You gave me a job in February 2013 to work on your behalf and I take that responsibility quite seriously”.
The St. Mark residents were informed by their MP that they will also be receiving a recreational facility with a state-of-the-art basketball court.
As the project which employed close to 100 St. Mark residents, rounds up in just weeks, the release said there is now a ‘stir’ in Carriacou & Petit Martinique, as the Government of Grenada prepares to embark on the Lauriston Airport expansion project.