Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Matthew Samuda, says the Government is looking to double the capacity of the Soapberry Wastewater Treatment Plant in St Catherine by attracting major private investments in the facility.

Samuda made the disclosure while speaking during Wednesday’s launch of the RE/MAX Jamaica Conference and Expo at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean in Kingston.

He said the move “reflect our commitment to ensure that [the] sewage capacity increases to facilitate continued development in this area”.

Samuda highlighted that this is not the only major sewerage investment in Jamaica as, last year, the Government commissioned a J$900-million sewerage system in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, and a similar facility in Hanover valued at J$300 million.

“What I am trying to assure you all, as pioneers of the real estate industry, is that the foundation of your industry is being attended to by the Government. We are making the investments that you need us to make in water and sanitation,” Samuda said.

He further stated that the investments are now translating into roads while assuring that those to come “will significantly increase the quality and resilience of our community roads and not just the focus that has been on our highways”.

“Highways are important and they do open up sections of the country for investment that were not experiencing the benefit of investment previously; so, it’s not something we’re going to resile from. In fact, we’re going to pick up the pace with highway investments.

“But as the minister of finance [and the public service] announced, over the next 24 to 36 months, the Government will be spending some J$40 billion on road improvement at the community level,” Samuda disclosed.

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