Government focuses on air, land and sea transport in 2010
Thursday, December 02 2010 @ 11:47 AM AST
Contributed by: NicolaJoseph
In fiscal year 2010, expenditure on equipment and infrastructure to facilitate air, land and sea transport amounted to $136.6 million from at allocated $178 million. Under its Public Sector Investment Programme, improvement in Public Transportation Services continued with an overall expenditure of $32.6 million. A total of 85 new buses were acquired by the Public Transport Service Corporation at a cost of $25 million. The Corporation also carried out upgrades and refurbishment works at bus shelters and passenger facilities at Arima, Rio Claro and the Port of Spain Maxi Taxi facility and cleaning of electrical power systems and improvement of operating infrastructure to meet OSHA standards. Expenditure on these activities amounted to $7.6 million.
Infrastructural works and system improvements continued at the nation’s airports. At Piarco, the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) utilized $21.2 million of its $21.7 million allocation. Activities include the upgrade of the electrical system at a cost of $7.2 million to provide full emergency backup power at the North Terminal building. Also, $3 million was spent on repairs to the perimeter fence line and roadway at Piarco. The Piarco Runway Improvement Programme, the North Terminal Food and Beverage Court and obtaining of licenses for the computerized system of the (AATT), accounted for the remaining expenditure. Several other projects planned for fiscal year 2010 were rescheduled to fiscal year 2011 to facilitate this project.
In the area of sea transport, $10.7 million was utilized. The sum of $3.6 million was expended on the Water Taxi Service to complete the Port of Spain terminal and remedial works at the San Fernando Terminal facilities, including repairs and preparation of a base for a fuel storage tank. Sites were identified for the expansion of the water taxi service to Chaguanas, Chaguaramas, Cocorite and Point Fortin and Terms of Reference were developed for the preparation of Design/Build Tender documents. Several activities geared to the development of infrastructure for marine industry were also carried out, including the upgrade of facilities of the Government Shipping Service (GSS) at the Port of Port of Spain.
The Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation (TTPOST) continued its drive to improve postal services to business and domestic customers through several activities including:
• Purchase of software for the upgrade of the Point of Sale System, the Human Resource Information System and a Real Time Track and Trace System
• Commencement of consultancies of the extension of the western end of the National Mail Centre, Piarco
• Refurbishment of offices at Gonzales, Laventille, Morvant, Guaico and Fyzabad and reconstruction of offices at Toco, Oropouche, Valencia and Carenage.
CREDITS: Information sourced from Government’s publication “Facing the Issues: Turning the Economy Around”
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