The construction of a ‘Three Lakes Project’ in residential communities of Laudat, Trafalgar, Wotten Waven and Fond Canie is among the development plans of a United Workers Party administration, for Dominica.
Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Lennox Linton, said during his response on Wednesday, to Prime Minister Skerrit’s 2019/2020 budget address that this project will generate millions of dollars by bringing in tourists and providing hundreds of jobs for Dominican citizens.
“We are committed to the development of what we call the Three Lakes Project. It’s going to bring hundreds of jobs, thousands of tourists and millions of dollars…to the valley, ” Linton said.
The idea, according to Linton, is to monetize the assets of “an abundance of natural beauty unmatched in the Caribbean” to the benefit the Dominican people.
“In the valleys and mountains above our capital lies the beautiful and scenic residential communities of Laudat, Trafalgar, Wotten Waven and Fond Canie……..Every year during the tourist season, thousands of cruise visitors grace our shores, looking for places to go, our natural assets to explore; none are capable of visiting our most prized natural asset, the Boiling Lake, and that is due to the fact that it’s an all-day hike.”
He goes on to explain that this project will comprise five phases and the first four will be constructed concurrently.
The Three Lakes Project concept, Linton said, is designed “to bring hundreds of new jobs, none of which exists presently, to the citizens of The Valley, while opening up our lakes to visitor traffic.”
It includes the construction of an aerial tramway connecting all three lakes. The concept has five (5) phases, the first four (4) of which will be constructed concurrently:
“A Visitor Reception Area will be built in Laudat. This facility will function as a terminal and will include a number of amenities including restaurants with dining capabilities, washrooms, rest areas, and a welcome center where visitors will be able to purchase their passes to ride the Shuttle and Tram,” the Opposition leader stated. “We will have a lite-open air electric rail system. The system will use the current road and will link the Fresh Water Lake with the Visitor Reception Terminal. Visitors to the lakes must park their vehicles at the Terminal’s parking areas and choose either to hike or take the rail shuttle to the Fresh Water Lake.”
Linton added that no vehicle will be permitted to travel to the fresh water lake as a designated parking area will be provided to persons.
He further stated that an aerial Tramway terminal will be constructed at the Fresh Water Lake, a tramway terminal will be built above the Boiling Lake and will include a viewing platform that allows visitors to look down at the Boiling Lake from above and a tramway terminal at the Fresh Water Lake which will be extended to facilitate the construction of a second aerial system to the Boeri Lake.
Linton also mentioned the Fisheries Sustainable Growth and Investment Programme (FSGIP), which he said will provide assistance to fisher folk to help them grow their businesses, which will in turn, will give them the ability to produce more.
A Business Investment package prepared for our fisher folk that will allow them to develop their trade, increase their catch, and facilitate individual long-term economic security. The first phase will comprise of fifty (50) packages, with more added as needed,” Linton explained. “An Infrastructure Development plan that focuses on modernizing our fisheries infrastructure: docks, piers, terminals, markets, fish houses and repair facilities. A Retirement & Medical plan (FiRM) that utilizes a portion of monies repaid and places them into a Social Security Retirement account and Medical Insurance account.”
Linton said the FSGIP will provide fishermen with tools and equipment such as fiber glass boats, medical equipment and supplies, marine communication equipment adding that it will be financed through a $10 million revolving fund at the AID Bank which is payable over a 15 year period with a six (6) month grace period adding that all equipment will be VAT-free.
Linton said the FSGIP will be a major pillar in the economic revitalization in Dominica.