The bidding process for construction of the new building for the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) are projected to begin soon.
This is according to the Projects Unit of the Ministry of Finance in its monthly progress report on how the $65 million rehabilitation and reconstruction loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is being spent.
“The tender document for the rehabilitation of the DDM building will be launched shortly. Contractors, look out for the opportunity for the DDM building works,” the Projects Unit said.
Another relatively major project to be funded through the loan is the rehabilitative works that are to be done on the L-shaped building at the hurricane-ravaged Elmore Stoutt High School campus in Road Town.
The project is farther along and is closer to entering the construction phase when compared to the DDM/NEOC building project.
“The bid opening for the L-shaped building of the school took place on January 30 and the tender process is in the final stage. The objective is to start the works as soon as possible so that the building can be ready for the upcoming school year,” the Unit said.
The Projects Unit is currently the agency in control of the loan funds for these projects.
At the end of February, the sum that has been earmarked from the loan so far amounted to a little more than $12.5 million.
Some $8,102,000 are set aside for some 18 consultancies and $4.5 million was budgeted for the purchase of goods.
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