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Press release uwp calls on government to provide plans for construction of mocha and deville bridges

Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1.   Chairman: Mr. Ezechiel Joseph Political Leader: Mr. Allen Chastanet General Secretary: Mr. Oswald Augustin American Drywall Building, Vide Bouteille, Castries, P.O. Box, Castries, Saint Lucia       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 19th , August, 2013 CONTACT: Hon. Guy Joseph, Tel: 721-9310   UWP  CALLS  ON  GOVERNMENT  TO  DECLARE  SPECIFIC  PLANS  FOR   CONSTRUCTION  OF  MOCHA  AND  DEVILLE  BRIDGES  IN  SOUFRIERE   After   persistent   agitation   by   residents   and   the   United   Workers   Party,   the   Minister   of   Infrastructure  Hon.  Phillip  J  Pierre  recently  issued  a  statement  of  intention  to  commence  work   on  construction  of  the  Mocha  and  Deville  Bridges  in  the  District  of  Soufriere.  The  Government   of  Saint  Lucia  via  a  statement  issued  by   The  Minister  dated  August  14th ,  2013  declared  the   following:   Very   shortly   the   government   of   Saint   Lucia   will   commence   the   complete   rehabilitation   of   the   Mocca   and   Deville   bridges   in   Soufriere,   together   these   projects   are   anticipated  to  cost  $4.8  million  and  will  be  constructed  under  a  finance  and  build  mechanism   .       The  United  Workers  Party  is  aware  of  the  extreme  discomfort  and  anxieties  experienced  by   resident  motorist  and  commuters  as  well  as  members  of  the  general  public  as  a  result  of  the   deplorable  condition  of  these  two  bridges.   The  two  bridges  which  are  a  vital  infrastructural   component  of  the  communities  of  Mocha  and  Deville  are  extremely  important  in  facilitating   access  to  community  and  municipal  resources  and  services.  In  addition  the  poor  condition  of   the  two  bridges  has  had  the  negative  impact  of  cutting-­‐off  or  restricting  traditional  family  and   social  interaction  between  the  various  settlements.  Of  greatest  concern  is  the  fact  that  the   safety   and   health   standards   of   residents   within   these   two   communities   are   seriously   compromised  as  emergency  vehicles  are  unable  to  traverse  the  dysfunctional  infrastructure  to   render  critical  services.  The  UWP  therefore  calls  on  the  Minister  of  Infrastructure  to  provide   specific  information  indicating  timelines  for  actual  commencement  of  work  and  the  method  to   be  employed  for  the  award  of  the  contract  for  construction  of  these  vital  bridges.
  • 2.   Chairman: Mr. Ezechiel Joseph Political Leader: Mr. Allen Chastanet General Secretary: Mr. Oswald Augustin Information  reaching  the  leadership  of  the  UWP  suggests  that  the  Government  has  already   made  a  decision  on  the  issuance  of  a  Direct  Award  to  the  same  company  for  construction  of   the  two  bridges  in  question.  The  UWP  is  therefore  calling  on  the  Minister  Responsible  and  the   Prime  Minister  who  is  the  Minister  of  Finance  to  clarify  the  status  of  the  awarding  of  contracts   for  these  two  projects.  We  are  also  seeking  assurances  on  the  integrity  of  the  related  process.         It  is  the  hope  of  the  United  Workers  Party  that  the  award  of  contracts  for  these  two  projects   will   be   subjected   to   an   open   tendering   process   in   which   qualified   construction   firms   from   across  the  island  will  be  allowed  the  opportunity  to  make  submissions  for  consideration.       We   are   mindful   that   Minister   for   Infrastructure   Hon.   Phillip   J   Pierre   has   openly   expressed   reservations   with   the   method   of   Direct   Awards   in   the   recent   past.   The   UWP   is   hopeful   therefore   that   the   Minister   will   be   disposed   to   clearing   the   air   on   whether   or   not   the   Government   recently   approved   a   Direct   Award   for   construction   of   the   Mocha   and   Deville   Bridges  in  Soufriere.  Disclosure  on  this  matter  is  of  particular  interest  given  concerns  expressed   by  members  of  the  public  regarding  the  over  $6  Million  Dolllar  Bon  Terre  Bridge  which  was   commissioned   through   Direct   Award.   To   date   concerns   remain   as   to   the   true   cost   of   constructing   this   bridge   and   the   financial   details   related   to   this   project.   clarification   re:   contract   awards   for   the   Mocha   and   Deville   bridges   provides   him   with   an   opportunity   to   enlighten   the   public   on   his   Governme concerns  of  residents  of  the  two  affected  communities  and  may  help  to  remove  doubts  of  any   form  of  biasness  on  these  two  projects.             Ends/

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