Over $31-million have been spent on infrastructural development during the period January 1 to June 30, 2014.
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement when he presented a motion to the House recently seeking approval for Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for the period January 1 to June 30, 2014 amounting to $45, 056,927.22.
A substantial part of the supplementary estimates of expenditure,$31, 453,146.23 or 69.8 percent was spent on infrastructural development undertaken by the Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports.
Prime Minister Skerrit stated that over $10-million was spent on the Geothermal Project during that period.
“An additional $10,921,510.79 was approved to be spent on the Geothermal Project, specifically for the preparation and drilling of the reinjection well. Earlier this year, flow tests to determine the generation capacity of the production well were undertaken and these were successful. The funding was made available by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD),” Prime Minister Skerrit stated.
Dominica has been highlighted as a leader in geothermal development and the Dominica Labour Party Administration continues to take productive steps to convert this energy into lower electricity cost.
Encouraging results obtained from the drilling of the first production well have advanced the delivery of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy to Dominicans.
“Due to the increase in cost of the utility services, the sum of $2,400,000 was appropriated. The cost of electricity is still of concern for the government and the geothermal initiative is expected to bring some relief in this area,” the prime minister said.
A grant of $3,501,322.59 to assist with the improvement of road infrastructure affected during the passage of Tropical Storm Ophelia and which suffered further deterioration as a result of subsequent heavy rains. That amount was appropriated to road rehabilitation projects.
These included road and drainage rehabilitation in Grand Fond, Loubiere and Morne Prosper; road improvement in Giraudel/ Eggleston and Copthall; rehabilitation and asphalt surfacing in Campbell and Lalay Coco; and construction of a concrete road in Massarce.
Two million, sixteen thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars was spent under an immediate response rehabilitation loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to undertake emergency works and clean-up operations following a trough system which caused flash flooding, landslides, rockslides in the southern part of Dominica on December 24, 2013.
“While there were no reports of death, several homes and business were flooded which resulted in damage of property and loss of personal belongings,” Skerrit said.
Following an emergency Cabinet meeting on Friday, December 27, 2013, Prime Minister Skerrit announced that the Government of Dominica would assist those affected in the following ways; provide 100 percent of the assessed value to repair dwelling houses; provide 60 per cent of assessed value of personal household effects destroyed through flooding; replace textbooks, stationary, uniforms and other school supplies; provide limited assistance to businesses which suffered damage; pay rental cost for a limited period for those who have to be relocated. The total clean-up cost was estimated at $830,000 and included clearing of roads, drains and dredging of rivers.
Rehabilitation of infrastructure and mitigation works were estimated at $45-million.
$7,395,345.93 provided the loan from AFD to meet all contractual works for the bridges and other activities to enable the completion of the Roseau to Melville Hall Road Project.
An additional $790,620.66, which represents Government’s contribution to the project, was also spent during the period.
“Despite the many challenges that have been faced on this project, it is nearing completion. Our citizens have already praised the efforts of the Government on this undertaking and users have indicated the enhanced driving experience,” Skerrit stated.
The Government of Venezuela provided a grant of $2,429,631.81 to meet contractual obligations for the Penville/ Vieille Case Road Rehabilitation Project.
An amount of $1,998,564.45 was approved for the Petite Savanne to Boetica/ Delices road rehabilitation project to meet contractual commitment with respect to ongoing works.