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Million dollar project breaks ground in Dangriga #443248
07/25/12 07:54 AM
07/25/12 07:54 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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The $1.4 million dollar project, which will renovate and expand the municipal market in Dangriga, is getting underway. Works are expected to begin this week, and will include the rehabilitation of the existing market building. This will include the fish section of the market, to improve the working conditions of the vendors, and provide an extension of approximately 2,000 square feet for additional stall space for some of the vendors presently occupying the marketís parking-lot. PlusTV's James Valerio sat down with Mayor Gilbert Swaso who gave us a progress report on the project.

Gilbert Swaso, Dangriga, Mayor
In relation to the Belize Municipal Development Project, specifically the Market Renovation and Extension Project, we have just completed the temporary facility and have moved all the fish, meat and vegetable vendors from the old market and all those vendors are now located in the temporary facility which the Town Council has just completed renovation for on their behalf. Since they are now moved, the sight will now be officially handed over to the contractor Mr. Smart and it is expected that by today, Mr. Smart will take possession of that sight and he will be transporting all his heavy equipment to commence working immediately.

On completion of the project, the facility will have the capacity to accommodate approximately 41 stalls. The nine vendors occupying the parking-lot of the market have been relocated to the enhanced facility. Swaso says that they will also be employing person from Dangriga Town.

Mayor Gilbert Swaso
It is something which the Town Council has been negotiating for on behalf of the residents of Dangriga and the Contractor and the Council have agreed that it will certainly be between 60-75% of Dangriga that will be hired for that project. As a matter of fact he has assured us that he will only bring his technical staff. We have already collected applications from various residents and once we confirm who in terms of skill and the numbers that are required then we will facilitate them

The Belize Municipal Development Project is being financed by the Government of Belize through a loan from the World Bank. Mayor Gilbert Swaso also took the time to speak on other projects that the Dangriga Town Council is currently executing.

Mayor Gilbert Swaso
Certainly I would like to inform the residents and the general public that the Town Council for the past three weekends have been grading some of the roads within Dangriga and that certainly has fixed some of the challenges that the pedestrians and the motoring public have had. Furthermore, we have just completed the bidding process for the Community Care Centre which we are collaborating with the UNDP to build. A Contractor for that Community Carte Centre will be selected very shortly and we will commence the construction of that building very shortly.


Re: Million dollar project breaks ground in Dangriga [Re: Marty] #443249
07/25/12 07:56 AM
07/25/12 07:56 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Under the Belize Municipal Project rehabilitation work began yesterday on the Dangriga Market, with more on this story here is Harry Arzu.

HARRY ARZU, Reporter

“On Monday July 23rd demolition works and repairs got underway on the existing Dangriga municipal market.  As a result some twenty five vendors have been relocated to a temporary market located east of the existing municipal market on the compound of the old slaughterhouse.  The Belize Municipal Development Project proposes to rehabilitate the existing building which is approximately 4,600 sq. ft. in area, as well as to improve the working conditions of the Dangriga town market vendors and provide an extension of approximately 3,300 sq. ft. for additional space for some of the vendors presently occupying the market’s parking lot.  Rehabilitation work should have started last month.  Paul Francisco is the Human Resource Officer for the Dangriga Town Council, he explains.”

PAUL FRANCISCO, Human Resource Officer (Dangriga Town Council)

“It is a very interesting and dynamic project, one which according to the construction schedule should have started in June but was delayed to address couple logistics and oversight.  First, it was envisioned that while some renovation work is taking place some of the vendors will be operating in the market.  This in itself caused some serious concerns since some serious problems could occur and also delay considerably the completion of the project.  However, the project which is underway now is providing needing jobs for our Dangriga residence since the mayor is adamant that Dangriga provides the majority of the labor force and for those who are seeking employment on this project are urged to fill application forms at the Dangriga Town Council.  Furthermore on the completion of the project, the facility will have the capacity to accommodate a total of twenty two stall owners.  Also, the reconstruction of the fish section of the market inclusive of installing stainless steel counters, replacing of roof structure and external works, including new toilet blocks with waste water treatment and system and the completing of all drainage and all solid waste system.  This project is being implemented by SIF and the project implementation unit through the Belize Municipal Development Project, the Government of Belize and the World Bank for a total cost of about BZ$1.5 million ”

HARRY ARZU, Reporter

“The estimated length of the construction of the project is five months.  Reporting for Love News, Harry Arzu, in Dangriga.” 


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