(CMR) Minister of Planning, Agriculture, Housing & Infrastructure Jay Ebanks said a Deloitte report, which cost the Government almost $200,000, with recommendations on public transportation, will be published soon.
The Minister was answering a question from George Town North MP Joseph Hew regarding when the report will be made public, along with the terms of reference that formed the basis of the report.
Hew said, ” The general public anticipated that we would see this report and perhaps a plan in the first quarter of 2023. This is a $200,000 report, and it's a much much larger problem as we hear daily on the radio about the traffic. Whilst roads are important, we cannot build our way out of traffic. Public transportation has to be one of the many solutions, but a very important one.”
The Minister said upon receiving the necessary approvals, the report will be published “very shortly.” He explained that he wants Cabinet to look over the report before it is published.
Ebanks said the Government remains steadfast in its commitment to revamping solutions to the public transportation system.
He added that the Government was looking forward to putting money in the upcoming budget to tackle the public transportation system.
Hew also requested an update on the repairs to district roads. Minister Ebanks confirmed that the National Roads Authority, in partnership with Island Paving, has completed repairs on ten district roads; three roads in North Side, one road in Savannah, one road in George Town South, three roads in George Town Central, one road in West Bay North, and one road in West Bay West.
Minister Ebanks stated that his ministry is actively working to complete eight more roads and have plans to complete a further twenty-five within the next month.