But that is not all that occurred inside the House today. Some issues hit home one of them being the topic of streets. There is no doubt that the Government of the day has been receiving much scrutiny on the blatant neglect of the roads infrastructure of Orange Walk Town since they have refused to assist the PUP Town Council and today Briceno highlighted that issue as he asked Central Government for support in a 5 million dollar project proposal for infrastructural works for Orange walk Town.
John Briceno- Orange Walk Central Area Representative
“We are asking a number of things from the Prime Minister, the first one is if the Prime Minister can speak to the with the people from BWSL to see if they can lay the water pipes a bit quicker and I know it is necessary I am not arguing against that but we want to see if it can go a bit quicker because they are saying it can take like six months and we really need to see if that can get done shorter so whent ehy finish with that they can pave the highway. Secondly Mr. Speaker we are asking that whenever the Town Council finishes studying the proposal to raise five million dollars to fix the infrastructure in Orange Walk Town, it is not going to be enough but this is going to be used to pave some of the main arteries around the town and of course the three of us on this side and we are going to ask the DPM to oin us because he is the representative of Orange Walk North and lives in Orange Walk to join us in asking the P.M for his support as the Minister of Finance to carry out the project. Thirdly Mr. Speaker we are asking the Ministry of Works to work along with the Orange Walk Town Council in fixing a lot of the streets in the outskirts of the town. I know they have done some works in the Louisiana Area and I know that right now they are working in San Lorenzo Housing Site right Mr. Minister of Works but we need more cooperation from the Ministry of Works to be able to fix as many streets as we can in Orange Walk. And lastly Mr. Speaker I am asking the Prime Minister as the Minister of Finance to see if he can make some emergency funds available to the Orange Walk Town Council so we can continue to fix more and more streets for the citizens of Orange Walk.
Honourable Dean Barrow- Prime Minister
“As I understand BTL and BWS are working simultaneously now with eh contractor who has started the refurbishing in the area by Landy’s one of the first spots to which you pointed. They can then move perhaps to the second mile rather quickly what I can say is this as soon as they finish laying the pipes for mile two, we will start mile two if mile one is not yet completed. And I will also promise you is this, you talked about the San Antonio Road you say it is the responsibility of Central Government I don’t know because, according to what you told the House, it was the previous UDP Town Council that had paid the contractor $50,000 to carry out works on the road which suggest that it is for the town council and not for Central Government. But it does not matter I am prepared to start the San Antonio Road tomorrow subject only again to the question of pipes. What I will also do for you and as you say it is no favour it is the entitlement of the people of Orange Walk, what I will also do is to see if perhaps we can contribute some money to BWSL, part of the problem is not the question of time it is the question of resources for them.”
It is of note, that several streets in Orange Walk have been improved, enhanced and repaired by the Orange Walk Town Council without the help of Central Government.
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