The Dominica Labour Party administration continues its dialogue with citizens across the island through town hall meetings.
On Wednesday evening, Hon Prime Minister, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, along with the Hon Member Of Parliament for the Paix-Bouche constituency, Roselyn Paul and other members of Cabinet met the people of Paix-Bouche.
Among the number of new initiatives presented to the community is a new water supply system to correct the community’s irregular supply of potable water.
The Hon Prime Minister told residents that the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Ltd will first do remedial works at a cost of EC$98,000 on the water system while the plan for a more permanent solution is drafted.
“To reconstruct the water system, including a new tank for Paix-Bouche will cost EC$1.2M and we have said to DOWASCO, “you can go ahead and start the designs for this project” so that we can move quickly to reconstruct the entire water system for Paix-Bouche,” PM Skerrit informed.
A second major announcement from the prime minister is the promise to rehabilitate the main road from Portsmouth to Hatton garden.
“Very soon we will issue a contract to a firm to redesign that road for us with a view to having that road completely rehabilitated including the creation of two-lane bridges on this entire road,” he further revealed.
Meantime, Member of Parliament for the Paix-Bouche constituency, Roselyn Paul also reported on a number of projects already underway in the community and the constituency in road rehabilitation, housing, sanitation, education, health, agriculture and small business.
She announced that just last week one hundred and three small business owners and budding entrepreneurs in Paix-Bouche and Dos D’ane benefitted from EC$400,000 grant from Government.
“It was for existing businesses and it was also for those with a business idea that is viable and we are willing with the support of my ministry to assist these people with these business ideas,” she said.
In addition to this, under Government’s Community Road Enhancement Programme, EC$900,000 has been approved for the first phase of road rehabilitation in the Paix-Bouche constituency.
“Paix-Bouche community, from this first phase of the $900,000, will benefit from $254,000. Under this road enhancement programme we will address the Ti Ravine road, the Terre Plat back road, the completion of the Laviere A Pere road and wall and upgrade the school road…repairs will also be made on the main road from Source,” Hon Paul explained.
A number of washroom facilities will also be constructed and Government has approved funds to construct thirteen new houses in the constituency.
Hon Minister for Youth and MP for the grand bay constituency, Justina Charles described Hon Paul as a committed parliamentary representative who gives effective representation of her constituency.