Nine contractors were recently awarded 13 debris clearance contracts as part of a ‘Special Debris Clearance Project’ to begin in the British Virgin Islands.
The project is to have the islands of Tortola and Jost Van Dyke finally free of any hurricane debris within four weeks.
Project administrators, the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), said the project will cost an approximate total of $560,000.
Project expenses will include the cost to secure equipment, labour, processing of debris, and a community information programme to be undergone throughout August.
The project is aimed at clearing the ‘high risk’ areas of any debris that could be used as projectiles. Authorities are hoping to clear these areas before the peak of the 2018 hurricane season.
Some 22 contractors entered bids for the project and nine were successful. Contractors were selected based on technical quality submission and cost, the RDA said.
The contract to collect debris in Sea Cow’s Bay, Carrot Bay and West End was awarded to Denco Limited.
Brian Maduro received the contracts to collect debris in Huntum’s Ghut, Lower Estate, Brandywine Bay, Fat Hog’s Bay, Long Look, Little Dix Hill, Greenland, Parham Town, East End and Road Town.
Ricky’s 24-Hour Trucking is tasked with clearing the debris in Fahie Hill, Sage Mountain and Cane Garden Bay.
ENS Excavation & Trucking won the bid to collect debris in Free Bottom, Baugher’s Bay and Belle Vue. The company will also deal with unloading the Pockwood Pond Incinerator truck.
LMJ’s Backhoe and Trucking Services got the contract to handle East End Debris Management Hub clean up while D&B Heavy Equipment Services, were contracted to clean up Cane Garden Bay.
Kim Kay’s Trucking Services Limited received a contract to collect debris in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, and Ever-Ready Trucking LTD will take on the cleanup of Little Harbour on Jost Van Dyke.
The final contract was awarded to Sandwise Limited for the clean-up of the Jost Van Dyke Debris Management Hub.
Bins placed at strategic locations for residents
Notably, each contractor will be tasked with collecting and properly disposing the debris at Cox Heath on Tortola. However, 24 large bins will be placed in strategic locations around various communities to facilitate residents in disposing of their debris in and around their homes.
The cleanup project is a collaboration with the RDA, the Ministry of Health and Social Development, and the Department of Waste Management.
The RDA said additional funding is expected to address debris clearance on Anegada and Virgin Gorda.
The RDA said further interested persons can visit their website at www.bvirecovery.vg and on the RDA Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RDABVI for more information on upcoming projects.
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