Contract signed for river wall construction at Canefield Housing Scheme

The contract was signed last Friday

A contract in the value $787 227.92 was signed for the construction of a river wall at the Canefield Housing Scheme.

The contract signing ceremony took place on Friday at the office of the Canefield Urban Council.

The contract was awarded to Ken Esprit whereby the project is expected to be completed over a twelve-week period.

Minister of Public Works and Ports Senator Miriam Blanchard said that: “It is with great pleasure that I am here today to witness the signing of a contract for a new river wall in the River Estate, Canefield area. I think though this is a short rather informal ceremony we have already heard how important his project is to a number of residents.”

She said that this project has been deemed as extremely urgent by the engineer assigned to that area.

Blanchrd stated that upon investigation it was revealed that the embankment in that area was collapsing posing a threat to the homes.

She said that the commencement of this project is testament of government’s commitment to the wellbeing of its citizens.

“This quick action by your government highlights our commitment to the wellbeing and safety of citizens of this country never doubt your government’s commitment to work for the best interest of all Dominicans,” she said.

She noted that the new wall will seek to protect the residents in that area.

“On completion of this river wall it will protect all of the homes along the river allowing occupants to sleep more peacefully during weather events and flooding of that river,” said Blanchard.

She added that the wall will also protect the road going through River Estate to Cochrane.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the residents of this area for your patience and understanding as your government sought to design a river wall that is suitable for your area. As the government continues to ensure that the rebuilding of Dominica post Tropical Storm Erika is done much better than we did before, we are convinced that this new project will represent yet another example of your government’s build back better principle in practice,” Blanchard stated.

Meantime, Parliamentary Representative from the Mahaut Constitueny Rayburn Blackmoore said he is hopeful that the wall will be completed in quick time.

Blackmoore said: “One has to take into consideration that we are approaching the hurricane season and I would like to see that project itself is executed with dispatch and at the same time not compromising the quality and integrity of the work to be undertaken.”

Blackmoore noted that he is confident that the contractor will execute this project quickly and efficiently.

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8 Comments

  1. RastarMarn
    May 8, 2017

    Again!!! I sending the same question:
    “What happen to the Public Works Department”,,,
    So the Skerrit administration can find almost a million dollars to give to this Dude for him to accomplish work in 3 months from the private sector who’s main concern is : “How Much profit I can make on this deal” but they cannot find moneys to revitalize the permanent establishment of a group of individuals that are committed to the betterment of the public sector???
    Somebody need to explain to RastarMarn how that working there wi cause this thing saying the contract was awarded to Ken Esprit, with no mention of the name of the company he represents, or the background of his expertise to manage such a project,,,

    People why allyou cannot see the problem in that and start making some serious noise nuh,,,

  2. UK Dominican
    May 8, 2017

    Yes, I must say so far I am disappointed with the new regime at the Canefield urban councel. Coipel used to make such a noise but now he is more quet but Donkey beach is still a tip and that playing field at the end of the runway still a fly tip with s old bits of trucks an God kknows what hazardous materials and an old unregulated bar in a container. Clean that up fellows and also get rid of that horrible scrap yar by Walsh that can not be good for the environment. You all used to blas Simeon but at least do things better and clean the place up.

  3. star
    May 8, 2017

    thanks thanks and thanks.. i can see everywhere getting a little something

  4. IV CALL
    May 8, 2017

    “$788,000.00?” What happened to the “millions?” I thought everything was millions wi!

    • star
      May 8, 2017

      d money finishing…

  5. Malatete
    May 8, 2017

    The work will take three months to complete by which time we shall be well into the rainy season. This housing prokect, as well as subesuent privately constructed homes in River estate are all vulnerable as they are sitting in the middle of the Boeri river, which is desperately trying to connect with Ravine Newland to dispose of its surplus water. I suggest an overflow box culvert be constructed between the two under the Cochrchane road to reduce this pressure.

  6. freshwaterlake
    May 8, 2017

    Mr. Parl Rep you could have stood for the picture also. Like Ms. Blanchard.

  7. freshwaterlake
    May 8, 2017

    see the table cloth lmao. I find the urban council can clean those walls wi and keep the place looking good. No wonder Donkey Beach and the Industrial Site looking so. That Canefield Urban Council dont give 2 hoots about the surroundings.

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