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Metro Express: PM effects site visit to see progress

60 % of the ongoing works along the corridor Rose-Hill-Quatre-Bornes in context of the forthcoming operation of the Metro Express Project, has been completed.

The Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister for Rodrigues, Outer Islands and Territorial Integrity, Mr.  Pravind Kumar Jugnauth made this announcement at Rose-Hill, after having effected a series of site visits  at Vacoas and Rose-Hill to take stock of progress regarding the constructing of urban terminals,  and Belle Rose regarding the ongoing works in context of the Metro Express project.

Various other eminent personalities, including the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Land Use Planning, Minister of Tourism, Mr.  Louis Steven Obeegadoo and the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government, Disaster and Risk Management, Dr. Mohammad Anwar Husnoo, along with the Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Mr. Alan Ganoo,   were also present on the occasion.

Prime Minister Jugnauth expressed satisfaction as regards the pace of the completion of the infrastructural work in Belle-Rose in context of the Metro Express project, and is hopeful that the project will be executed in the estimated time.

The Prime Minister pointed out that he took cognizance of the different sites that are being proposed for infrastructure development to fit in the urban landscape regeneration needed for the Metro Express project at the Vacoas Urban Terminal.  He emphasised that the concerned authorities are still working on finalising the sites, and  following the approval of these proposed sites , the Request for Proposal will be launched.

As for the Urban Terminal Project in Rose-Hill, the Prime Minister highlighted that the extent of land available is limited and Government is considering the acquisition of more land from private and parastatal companies. He underlined that as in the case of Vacoas, the Government endeavours to finalise the proposal list of identified sites in Rose-Hill and proceed with the Request for Proposal so that the project is borne by a successful promoter.

Speaking about the  situation of the Victoria Urban Terminal, Prime Minister Jugnauth indicated that much progress has been made in the infrastructural development . He also pointed out that a consultant has been appointed to work on  some guidelines for the protection of the World Heritage Site, Aapravasi Ghat, as it falls in the vicinity of the development project.

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