November 30, 2007
More fuel for project says PM

On accepting a cheque for EC$6.72 million, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said he considered the money fuel for the Argyle International Airport Development Project.{{more}}

Dr. Gonsalves accepted the cheque from Taiwanese Ambassador Jack Cheng, indicating that all systems are go for the building of the airport which is slated to be finished in 2011.

During his rain interrupted speech, the Prime Minister updated those present at the handing over ceremony at the airport site in Argyle, on the various stages of the project.

He indicated that most of the land has been acquired by the government, with just under 15 of the 131 persons who own built properties left to be settled with, at a cost to date of EC $40.2 million.

It is estimated that the total of land purchases by the government will cost about EC$104 million.{{more}}

The Prime Minister also indicated that work on the Windward Highway/ bypass road has already begun, and is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

While the bypass road goes around the airport, a second road will be built to provide access to home owners on the eastern side of the airport, as well as visitors and business persons.

He also gave an update on the environmental impact assessment, which is expected to be completed in eight months time.

Before wrapping up his address, Dr. Gonsalves called on the “nay sayers” to “behave themselves” and show that they have a greater understanding of what is going on with the project. (JJ)