Roseau Enhancement Project to begin “as soon as possible” – Pinard

An image circulated by the gov't depicting what a section of Roseau will look like after the project
An image circulated by the gov’t depicting what a section of Roseau will look like after the project

Public Works Minister, Ian Pinard, is expressing confidence that the much touted Roseau and Portsmouth Enhancement Project will begin “as soon as possible”.

Pinard told state-owned DBS Radio that that contracts for the project are being finalized.

“We are looking at everything in terms of finalizing the contracts and having this project started as soon as possible,” he said.

He noted that the contracts are being finalized with the office of the Attorney General and the contractors.

Pinard mentioned that the first stage of the project entails construction of a new West Bridge in Roseau.

“We will demolish the West Bridge and we will build a brand new bridge and replace the West Bridge and also look at the roads and sidewalks on Independence Street,” he said. “So that will be the first phase of the project, and after we will go into the other phase of the project in terms of the different streets. The different streets will be the new West Bridge and Independence Street”.

In terms of enhancement through the project, Pinard promised that both Roseau and Portsmouth will be seen as the most beautiful and majestic towns in the Caribbean.

“After the completion of the project you will have a new and transformed city,” he said.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the project was signed between the government of Dominica and NSG Management and Technical Services Ltd of Barbados in October 2014 for the upgrading of Roseau and Portsmouth.

During the signing, it was promised that the project would begin in the “first quarter” of 2015.

The Roseau Enhancement Project was described as a comprehensive Plan comprised of a number of different projects related to the urban infrastructure upgrading and enhancement to include the road network, bridges, drainage, street lighting and streetscape of Roseau the improvement of the flow of traffic in Roseau among others.

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42 Comments

  1. April 5, 2015

    Why dont dominicans with a peasant mentally build every thing them selves no body have to give you or do any thing for you. Do you pay property taxes. Every yr you spend thousands on carnival build a hospital your selves.

  2. April 5, 2015

    If you cannot keep a city clean and pick up garbage what can you do and the third world have the same problem can you run factories and employ thousands of people.

  3. April 5, 2015

    To get the job done in dominica we have to stop thinking like peasant farmers, we need big thinkers.

  4. sexydude
    April 5, 2015

    I travel a lot because of my job and have seen a lot but we are way behind in the development of our town.The beauty of a country is it’s town or city even in the times of the Romans ;Egyptian etc they put all their resources in making their cities beautiful .You would think in this modern age we are capable lol

  5. Roseau
    April 3, 2015

    To enhance Roseau , you will have to demolish and rebuilt most of Roseau!

  6. MandyB
    April 3, 2015

    Where are all the cars?

  7. Doc. Love
    April 2, 2015

    I honestly hope this is not another case of the 7500 tablets. Blackmoore signed MOU, Robbie talks about delay, now Ian said as soon as possible. Maybe, when it is Skeritt’s turn, I reckon, he will blame Hon Lennox Linton and UWP Team Dominica. :lol:

  8. Bod
    April 1, 2015

    The PM is currently in China getting some contractors together as well as a huge wad of passport cash to pay for it all.

  9. DRASTIC
    April 1, 2015

    Ministry of Urban Renewal, Ministry of Works, Ministry for Project Implementation……all involved? Please tell us what you jokers plan to do about the parking while this project is in progress. the place is already over congested.

  10. April 1, 2015

    Where are all the Labourites, any comments you wish to make. After all Labour ka twavie DAMN S

    • Labour
      April 1, 2015

      They in delices and warner fixing de rubbish roads uwp make there. And de rest by de fontain on de bay front. 1995 stadium was promised, you want to no want we get 4 years later? In 1999 a ground breaking for that same stadium, trying to win two elections with one project, on de other hand after the death of two PM’s we were promised de same stadium in 2005 in 2009 West Indies had already played an international game there and then we moved on to the west coast road which we had by 2012 march. That’s just to tell you how we Laborites deal with promises. You want more? Do you no that this Fontaine on the bay front cost us just about the same as a wall being built close to the west bridge IN A RIVER. You find that rubbish looking like $500,000 all that is 2 stone and a wall around it then they full it with water to make limo and for them paro to take de coins in it to bring for them drug man. No need to support skerrit cause you will have a whole political party for you alone,

  11. alas
    April 1, 2015

    de PM trying to put together some chinese passport money for that.
    look joke.
    Last week or so Tongue was talking of setting up a committee to look at what the project will entail now Ian my former schoolmate is trying to inspire de public with a new mantra “as soon as possible”
    No time frame nuh boy.
    But they checking on contractors.
    so how much time is stipulated for the bidding process?
    and then negotiating the tenders?
    As soon as possible?
    Boss man when you all get all you act together you can come back and speak with confidence.
    Inspire us nuh man.
    Dem kinda talk cannot inspire people.
    TOO MUCH TALK. TIME GOING ON ALL YOU.
    You government made all this talk about project implementation.
    Today on 1st April you proving you and de gang to be a bunch of fools. led by a clown!!

  12. Shameless
    April 1, 2015

    The pardner on the left of the pic has two different shoes..lol. One blue and one white. Hopefully that will not be requirement for us to walk the streets when completed. On a bigger scale though, it shows how much vikeevy they doing things to keep us fooled. No quality assurance not even in trying to fool us..lol :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted:

  13. April 1, 2015

    A Government that is reactive and not proactive. It’s not going to happen. I can imagine how it’s going “get a news post tell Dominican we starting soon. Who can tell me when soon is? Exactly.

  14. April 1, 2015

    I won’t believe nothing of these folks until I see it happen, I haven’t seen nothing happened on time from these folks,

  15. Mamizoo
    April 1, 2015

    Papa Bondieur why are they all contradicting each other. One minister says that he is trying to find out where the project is and the other on is now saying the project is starting soon. If they have weekly cabinet meeting how the heck one is saying boo and the other saying baaa.
    No cohesion.but lies never have cohesion.
    The only guy who speak the truth out of innocence is Ian Douglas or one may say hang hover

  16. Nunya
    April 1, 2015

    New national label: “As soon as Possible”

  17. Yah Man
    April 1, 2015

    Vyae Sim city la

  18. Peter Potter
    April 1, 2015

    More lip service! Nothing but

  19. Anthony Ismael
    April 1, 2015

    Dominican passports must be selling like hot coconut cakes in Asia. Just a few days ago Mr. Pinard told us that the project was delayed. Now the first two phases will commence as soon as possible. The end result will be a transformed Roseau.

    I guess the hospital that Tim-Tim promised donkey years ago will also start as soon as possible. It’s okay to be honest with the general public if the funding for these projects are unavailable. However, to consistently lie in public forums and newspapers equates to a fool’s paradise. We will believe these projects when they are completed.

    Maybe the Moroccan Hotel in Portsmouth will be completed as soon as possible too along with the Layou Valley road, Wotten Waven road, stabilization of the cliff in Point Michelle and the Cruise Ship Birth in Canefield along with tablets for all school attendees.

  20. Oh La La
    April 1, 2015

    In the 2000 election Campaign I heard Reginald Austrie said that Roseau will be the envy of the OECS. It is now 2015 and a new Minister is saying that Roseau will be the most majestic towns in the Caribbean. I guess our ambitions are growing – nothing wrong with that….. it is just taking too much time. Hope in the next five years we will have a majestic town and we will not have a Minister saying in 2020 that “Roseau will be the most majestic envy of the world” I am so tired of seeing Roseau in this mess!!! Lets start working and stop talking!

  21. coyote
    April 1, 2015

    OMG!!!! LMAO!!!!! :lol: what a joke,pappyshow government. we reap what we sow.

  22. nope
    April 1, 2015

    I will be on the promenade in Roseau, looking up at the big brand new hospital on the hill powered by geothermal energy. Tourists get out of their taxis after travelling directly from Europe and landing in Dominica on an airbus before Roseau gets this upgrade which is to make it the most beautiful Caribbean country. Who are they trying to go out of their way to fool? All these lies are not necessary! Do the thing and when it is complete say “here, its yours.” Don’t even take credit, you work should speak for itself. This artiste’s rendering does not tell me much. Roseau is already beautiful, just look at it on a Sunday (if there is no trash that is), and you will realize that when you take away these ugly telephone and power lines, (and a few of these old houses), the city is really not that bad. All this artist did was just that, he cleaned up the place. Now add a clean place with a few modern buildings in the mix with some tastefully done pathways and we ready to talk.

  23. fly on the wall
    April 1, 2015

    Dominicans really hv memoire poule …. Two weeks ago the minister of tourism say he putting a committee together to look at that project. A week later the minister of communication saying they going to start soon. Who we must believe in ? Why wasn’t the stories juxtaposed against each other. What kind of reporting is that? Do we analyze the story given to us or we just report the story as given. I would hv loved to see some of these stories analyzed. With a view of some more objective reporting. Dominicans would be much better of. Maybe one day… Just maybe

  24. grell
    April 1, 2015

    Pinard are you and your fellow colleagues @ war,bc i smell a decaying rat.

  25. Duncekyat
    April 1, 2015

    DLP always “it’s coming” ’cause they’re always screwing Dominicans. DLP, just climax already and get off our backs!

    • joking
      April 1, 2015

      dominicans voting them to be upon their back

    • derp
      April 2, 2015

      interesting comment lol, I see what you did there

  26. The Calabash
    April 1, 2015

    Unbelievable….why begin with the bridge?
    This is about the streets, sidewalks, drainage and buildings of the town itself.

    I have little faith in this promise. It appears to be smoke and mirrors….and another project (the bridge) that robs the treasury and provides another opportunity for ‘fees’, ‘commissions’ and ‘paybacks’.

  27. Thorbjørn Jagland
    April 1, 2015

    Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies and more Lies :lol: :lol:

  28. Clown
    April 1, 2015

    April Fools!!!! :lol: :-P

  29. trust me
    April 1, 2015

    Wahou, what a good news !!t
    last week this project was post ponded til…….?
    and this week it will start as soon as possible ( which doesn’t means anything anyway).
    also the news International football stadium with a capacity of 50,000 seats will start ” ASAP”
    the international airport construction will start ” asap”
    the Spacebase in POnd Casse for the new ” Moon Tour” will start ” asap” ,
    and all public workers salary will have a 50 % raise ” ASAP”
    just wait a little bit : everything coming ASAP.

  30. All Fools Day Lies
    April 1, 2015

    Not even my good friend whom I refer to hear as Ian, will be fooled again, even if it is all fools day, and confessed to be fooled not once, not twice, not three times Anyway, happy All Fools Day to you my good friend Ian.

  31. Lang Mama
    April 1, 2015

    Great journalism DNO – you presented such an article as Dominica Laborites celebrate their day today April 1 st.
    Congratulations Real Porssie, Fast N Furious, Peeping Tom, The Facts and the Shameful truth in Canada, Cee Me Yon, Tony Arsa Fan , Car Ma La, Krazy, Parry and all those waiting for the Lap tops, International Airport, Farmers Boat.
    1 st of April Congratulations to all those who think that it is OK for Penez to have 20 20 cricket tournament at the PMH and Pooo Poool dancing Carimi and Destra on every ward .

    Laborites you deserve your day today. From Lang Mama with sincerity

  32. SD
    April 1, 2015

    hahahahahahaha – Pinard is cracking jokes – FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON ME, FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON YOU – FOOL ME THREE TIMES – AM JUST OUTRIGHT STUPID

  33. All Fools Day Lies
    April 1, 2015

    Folks, Mr. Pinard and the DLP has successfully added one new day to the calendar. Their new day is called “AS SOON AS POSSIBLE” and I guess this new day falls somewhere between March 31 at midnight, and last until April 01 at 1AM. If you were not up at that time, you missed that new day and you better wait, because it will surely come again as soon as possible, on ALL FOOLS DAY.

  34. Ti Shikah
    April 1, 2015

    Does the designs include placing parking meters on certain streets around Roseau? Parking meters would help to maintain order in the city as well as serve as a source of revenue for the city council. Such revenue could be used to help pay for street maintenance and beautification. After the project is completed will it be illegal for owners/ operators of motor vehicles to park their vehicles on the sidewalks? If not, then we would be defeating the purpose of the project. What provisions are being made to accommodate the street vendors? Will a street be dedicated to accommodate them? I hope and pray that these and all such other matters are being considered.

  35. true dominican
    April 1, 2015

    Bro there too much talk, I need to see action. Hospital on hold, this on hold that on hold come on man… we in April….

  36. CC
    April 1, 2015

    I guess it will get started as soon as our international airport gets started.

  37. Pedro
    April 1, 2015

    It would be interesting to know where the funding is coming from. The hospital is coming too. Oh its coming. Yeah. We heard that from 2010 too. Wait Dominicans, with bated breath.

  38. who vex vex
    April 1, 2015

    And for roseau to be one of the best u need to get rid of the ugly buildings also

  39. derp
    April 1, 2015

    “Roseau and Portsmouth will be seen as the most beautiful and majestic towns in the Caribbean.” Oh really unless Dominican’s learn to keep their country clean nothing will change Dominican’s love to throw rubbish everywhere…

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