The Pinewood area has been prone to flooding after heavy rainfall.
By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
OFFICIALS are expected to complete drawings for the new Pinewood Gardens drainage system within the next two weeks, according to the constituency’s Member of Parliament Khaalis Rolle.
Yesterday Mr Rolle said he could not confirm the total cost of the project until all bids were submitted to the Ministry of Works. Initially, it was projected to cost taxpayers around $13m.
He told The Tribune that the Ministry of Works will send the project out to tender when the drawings are finished.
“They are still going through the design phase,” Mr Rolle explained, “for the solution that we proposed. The team is doing the drawings and they had a meeting about two weeks ago between the consultants and the Ministry of Works along with my team that is working on our behalf.
“We anticipate that they will have the drawings completed within about two weeks and then Works will have it packaged to go out to tender. Once that is done, obviously it has to go through the funding phase with the Ministry of Finance.”
The MP said his constituents were looking forward to finally getting relief from a problem that has plagued the constituency for decades.
He said: “This is something that has been a long time issue. It has been a part of the history of Pinewood from the beginning and individuals would like to see it resolved. What we are proposing would provide the solution that most residents desire.
“In fact, one woman said she has been there for 28 years and this is the first time she is hopeful that something could be done with the flooding situation.”
In 2013, Mr Rolle told this newspaper that the project could cost up to $13m.
Ministry of Works officials have said that in order to rid Pinewood Gardens of severe flooding the entire existing drainage system would have to be done away with.
Engineers have explained that the drains did not function effectively during heavy rainfall. In Pinewood there are more than 80 drainage wells with depths between 150 and 200 ft, however, the area’s geographic characteristics make the wells inefficient, officials said.