Treasury Reconstruction Project on Nevis advancing ahead of schedule
From the NIA
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – Construction in the Treasury Reconstruction Project in Charlestown continues apace and Colin Dore, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance, says the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) continues to be satisfied with its progress.
In an update on the status of the project, Dore said April 10 it is apparent that the 18-month Sugar Industry Diversification Fund (SIDF)-funded project would be completed ahead of schedule. The project commenced in October 2017.
“Work is progressing at a very rapid pace,” Dore said. “We are very much pleased with the work so far, knowing that we started just about four months ago and work has really progressed in earnest. The projected completion time initially was [the middle of] next year, but based on what we are seeing it, appears that we may be finished quite some time before that. From an administration point of view, we are very much pleased with the work. We are happy with what the contractor [has] produced so far.”
During the last week, the outside underground cables were installed. On April 8, concrete was poured for the first floor of the building. Dore said progress continues throughout this week, with local masons subcontracted by main contractor Lefco Equipment and Construction Company erecting concrete block walls to get to the second floor in preparation for casting.
Meanwhile, Dore says once the building is completed, he is hopeful that the access area to what will become the administration’s main hub for its financial operations will be converted to pedestrian-only access.
He said the administration and the traffic departments in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Nevis Division continue to work in unison to convert the area in the interest of public safety and to enhance the ability to conduct business in and around Charlestown.
Dore is seeking the motoring public’s cooperation whenever a decision is taken on the matter by the relevant authorities. “We will continue to work with the Traffic [Department] and government to ensure that around the building becomes pedestrian-only and we will be able to divert traffic away, in and out of Charlestown,” he said. “We are asking the motoring public to be understanding when we get to that stage and a decision is made. As we are aware, we have more and more traffic on the road in Charlestown and, therefore, it is difficult sometimes for [people] to be moving in and out of businesses to do their daily business and have to monitor the traffic just next door to you.”
Upon completion, the financial complex will house the Treasury Department, the Due Payment Department and the Inland Revenue Department, all of which deal with the public daily. Other related departments will also be located there, as will the Information Technology Department.