A container resembling what will be transformed into a temporary facility to house Customs and Immigration officers has arrived at the West End port on Tortola.
The arrival of the structure follows Premier Dr D Orlando Smith’s promise of a structure being delivered to the location this week.
Speaking in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, Premier Smith said the structure will be up and running within the next few days.
“There will be a facility being provided at West End to improve the situation at the port and will be operational by midweek, certainly, next week,” Dr Smith said.
He had made the statement days after Works Minister Mark Vanterpool said government had to abandon its initial plan to erect a temporary port facility at West End because of the current hurricane season.
Vanterpool had further said he did not know when the long-anticipated structure for the port would have been erected.
While lodging fresh complaints about the absence of a port facility at the location, First District Representative Andrew Fahie told the House of Assembly West End represented the second largest revenue-earner of all the ports in the territory.
He said, as such, government should have given the port greater priority.
Customs and Immigration officers still based at West End dock have been operating under a tent since last year’s hurricanes.
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