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JAMAICA | PM calls meeting with NWA, CHEC and Flow to resolve road work Issues

Prime Minister Andrew Holness Prime Minister Andrew Holness
KINGSTON, Jamaica November 16, 2018 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday convened a meeting with the National Works Agency (NWA), China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and the management of Flow to resolve challenges associated with the major roadworks taking place.

The meeting was attended by the Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte, QC as well as Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Douglas Saunders and Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, Audrey Sewell.

During the meeting, the management of Flow Jamaica agreed to seek an adjournment of its court action against the NWA and CHEC, to facilitate further negotiations.

Additionally, a schedule to ensure a notice period for excavation work prior to excavation activities will be sent to Flow by CHEC.

Prime Minister Holness mandated that regular meetings be held involving all parties to ensure the major infrastructure development projects continue in a seamless fashion.

FLOW had filed a suit seeking to have the Supreme Court grant it an injunction to restrain the NWA and CHEC from interfering with its cables.

The court action is said to be the culmination of months of tension among the entities, based on several disruptions in FLOW's services due to the alleged damage to underground cables, conduits and wires by work crews.

FLOW wants the court to order them to immediately stop removing, re-routing, destroying, relocating or altering its fibre optic cables, copper wires, conduits and related apparatus.

FLOW has also asked that in the alternative, the court should order that none of the roadworks affecting its equipment should be done without its supervision.

FLOW claims that since 2016, the NWA and CHEC have carried out work on several roads which has caused significant damage to several of its underground apparatus.

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  • Countries: Jamaica

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