The Government's $30 million Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP) commenced yesterday (MARCH 22) with the official launching and contract signing of the rehabilitation of the Punta Gorda Town Hall and Administration Building. The Punta Gorda Town Council project marks the official start of the long-awaited infrastructure component of the BMDP countrywide, which aims to bring much needed infrastructure development to seven municipalities in Belize. The project, is expected to begin in the next two weeks, and will see the rehabilitation of the Punta Gorda Town Administration Offices and adjacent Town Hall. It will be implemented by the Project Implementation Unit of the BMDP under the umbrella of the Social Investment Fund. Hon. Santiago Castillo Jr., Minister of State with responsibility for Economic Development was the keynote speaker. The Punta Gorda Municipal infrastructural work will be done at an estimated cost of $425,150.00, including counterpart funding from the Punta Gorda Town Council. The BMDP is a project financed by the Government of Belize through a loan from the World Bank.