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Government upgrades roads and bridges in 2010

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Under government’s Public Sector Investment Programme, the total investment in the upgrading and improvement of the roads and bridges network amounted to $628.9 million. The IDB-assisted National Highways Programme (NHP) came to a close in December 2009. In fiscal year 2010, expenditure on the Programme amounted to $61.9 million. Major achievements included:

• Completion of approximately 260 kilometres of roads and 52 bridges

• Reinstatement and stabilization of failed slopes at all 23 landslip sites targeted

• Completion of extension of the Diego Martin Highway by approximately 1.2 kilometres from Sierra Leone Road to Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard

• Commencement of improvement works on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway from O’Meara Road to Wallerfield (approximately 8.8 kilometres)

• Completion of the feasibility Study/Design for 4 major trunk roads totalling 135 kilometres

• Advancement of Institutional Strengthening/Technical Assistance activities with approval of Trinidad Routine Road Maintenance (RRM) Action Plan and Financial Resources, THA’s approval for Tobago’s Action Plan and Financial Resources

• Approval of strategic direction for Highway Administration reforms

• Installation and configuration of the Resource Maintenance Management System (RMMS) software in Trinidad and Tobago

• Completion of the RMMS Pilot in the Caroni district and partial completion of the Pilot in the St. George East and St. George West districts

• Completion of the weigh control plan for highways and procurement of temporary scales

• Advancement of a proposal for the establishment of a Road Authority to assume management of the roads in the country and a Road Fund Board and the appointment of a Management Team to oversee transition to the new organization
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Land, air and sea transport to be upgraded in 2011

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Transport and communication infrastructure is fundamental to economic and social development. In light of this, an overall allocation of $182.1 million has been made in the 2011 Public Sector Investment Programme for development of the enabling infrastructure. Projects and programmes are planned for implementation in the areas of land, air and sea transport, as well as systems geared to facilitate improved delivery of government administrative services. Improvements at the nation’s airports will be continued with an allocation of $30 million to the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. Activities will focus on the following:

• Procurement and installation of incinerators at Crown Point and Piarco to burn biodegradable and non-recyclable waste

• Commencement of construction of perimeter roadway and fence line at Crown Point and Piarco with an allocation of $10 million

• Completion of the North Terminal Food and Beverage Court to meet Public Health and Safety Regulations

• Implementation of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

• Installation of Security Systems (CCTV and Access Control Systems)

• Provision of parking for bonafide airport taxis and facilities for local food vendors at the Airport Landside Transit mall
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Ministry of Community Development hosts Parang Show on Brian Lara Promenade

General NewsThe Best Village Unit of the Ministry of Community Development, under the auspices of the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, today hosted its first ever “Parang On D’Promenade” between Chacon and Abercromby Streets in Port of Spain. The Show began promptly at 3:00 pm as began as all were invited to join the Ministry in its effort to entertain the public while promoting its programmes and services.

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Minister Baksh to address Prema Shakti

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The Prema Shakti Dancers and Theatre Productions will host its fund-raising concert entitled “Aaja Nachle 2k10” at the Divali Nagar Site in Chaguanas on Saturday December 4, 2010 from 7.00 pm. The Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, will attend the concert and deliver an address.

The show is designed to highlight the talent of this group of performers from the Balmain area and includes over eleven spectacular dance performances as well as a live band and interactive segments for the audience. It is the third Aaja Nachle being hosted by the group, which has been in existence for the past eight years, positively promoting culture in the forms of dance and theatre. Its events bring forth talent from within and around the community of Chaguanas and Central Trinidad.

Proceeds from the event will go towards completion of a dance studio for the group located in Balmain, Couva. The studio has been under construction since the group’s last Aaja Nachle concert held in 2008.

CREDITS: Information sourced from a release issued by the Prema Shakti Dancers & Theatres Productions
Photo of dance performance courtesy the Ministry of Community Development
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Government focuses on air, land and sea transport in 2010

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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.