Screen_Shot_2014-03-07_at_8.16.09_PMAs we have been reporting over the last months, one of the major problems within the sugar industry has been the deplorable conditions of the sugar roads that have made sugar cane deliveries a lot more difficult. Reports were that at least ninety percent of sugar roads were in very bad conditions and during the rains some of these roads were impassable.

 

Towards the end of 2013, the government committed to allocate 2.7 million dollars towards the rehabilitation of these roads, and today at the request of Orange Walk Central Area Representative John Briceno, Minister of Works and Transport, Rene Montero gave an update on those works. In the Corozal District, one million one hundred fifty thousand dollars were allocated of which over eight hundred thousand was spent.


Rene Montero – Minister of Works and Transport


“In San Victor 9 roads were completed, in Caledonia branch 5 road were completed, in Louisville 6 roads were completed, Libertad branch 5 roads were completed, in Xaibe 4 roads were completed, in San Joaquin that is yet to be done Mr. speaker, and in Progresso 5 roads were completed a total of 72 sugar roads were completed in the Corozal Branch.”


For the Orange Walk District, the monies allocated amounted to one million five hundred fifty thousand dollars of which a little over one million five hundred thirty one thousand dollars were spent.


Rene Montero – Minister of Works and Transport


“In San Estevan branch 12 roads were completed, San Jose branch 6 roads were completed, in Guinea Grass 4 roads were completed, in San Lazaro a total of 11 roads were completed, in San Pablo 4 roads were completed, in Orange Walk branch 6 roads were completed, in Yo creek a total of 7 roads were completed and in San Roman 5 roads were completed a grand total of 55 roads were completed in the Orange Walk division Mr. Speaker.”


The contractors are David Can, D’mars Stone Company, Julian Patt and Sons, Tripple B Heavy Equipment and Edgar Sosa. Minister Montero says there was no tender process necessary as all contracts awarded were below twenty thousand dollars.

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