A 20-year national development strategy to include addressing the troubling issue of the territory’s faulty sewerage network are among plans being proposed by engineer and Territorial At-Large candidate for the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) Shaina Smith.
Smith laid out her plan during a recent PVIM rally in Road Town.
She said it is unacceptable that the British Virgin Islands is still being affected by this lingering issue.
“I have already shared with the team that in our first 100 days in office we must create a 20-year national development strategy that will direct the development of our country to a more stable future. This will be the guiding force for recovery and development initiatives and to ensure that priority goals are achieved.”
She said the strategy will include an economic and fiscal policy to increase revenue and to address inefficiencies and wastage in the public service.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” she added.
Unacceptable, sewerage fix overdue
Smith said addressing the sewerage and other issues are also on the PVIM’s agenda.
“For years now we have been contending with the same issues – our roads, our water supply, wastewater management.”
“Just the other day I was driving through town and I had to roll up my windows because of the (sewerage) smell. This is totally unacceptable in this 21st century and we cannot have access to the monies and the technical capacity and still have infrastructure that is not to international standards.”
Smith said if elected, her team will be addressing the matter.
“That is one of the things that are within our plan to look at as part of the recovery to ensure that whatever work is done, it is done to international standards and it is maintained as well.”
In the meantime, another PVIM Territorial At-Large contender Curnal Fahie also bemoaned the state of Road Town and the wider territory.
“We are in the capital, and the roads in the BVI are some of the worst I have ever seen. Our infrastructure is so horrible … because we are not putting the right people in place to do the job and this has to stop now.”
“I will advocate for proper paving. This [road] patching is foolishness. It is costing us money because we have to go to the mechanics. Every little rain, Road Town flooding, everything in Road Town floating. We truly have to fix it. It is quite embarrassing that a capital that is always under flood water,” he added.
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