When parliament reconvenes tomorrow (June 28), Works Minister Mark Vanterpool will be made to justify why, after months of promises, an interim ferry terminal is not yet erected at West End, which is located in the First Electoral District.
First District Representative Andrew Fahie will be putting these and other questions to the Works Minister, whose performance some residents have described as unsatisfactory.
Based on the House of Assembly’s pre-prepared order paper, Fahie will specifically ask: “Could the Minister for Communications and Works please tell this Honourable House when the works will commence to erect the temporary facility at the port in West End so that the facility can be reopened, post-Hurricanes Irma and Maria?”
Vanterpool will also be made to say when ferries from the neighbouring US Virgin Islands and other places outside the BVI will resume operations from the West End-based port facility.
In roughly two months, it will be a year since the dock was destroyed by the catastrophic hurricanes. And, with a virtually non-operational West End dock, the territory continues to lose potential revenue.
The West End dock plays a part in generating revenue from tourism, which government says it is trying to restore.
Vanterpool and his ministry has been promising to erect a semi-permanent structure at the West End but has not honoured any of their promised timelines.
One of the lastest update was given in March when Permanent Secretary in the aforementioned ministry, Anthony McMaster said the terminal would open in late April or early May.
The government had said it will spend some $4.2 million to build a more permanent structure at the West End dock. The structure should be built over a 15-month period.
Construction will be funded through the $65 million government has borrowed from the Caribbean Development Bank for recovery.
Premier, other ministers to be questioned
In the meantime, the parliamentary Opposition is also expected to pose fresh questions to Premier Dr D Orllando Smith on the reportedly defunct airline, BVI Airways.
Opposition members are also slated to put Health Minister Ronnie Skelton and the newly-elected leader for the National Democratic Party, Minister Myron Walwyn in the proverbial hot seat.
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