Road Projects: Anil Bachoo Highlights Major Achievements
2 Décembre 2012 - Défi Media Group
Public Infrastructure Minister Anil Bachoo, during his intervention on Budget 2013 at the National Assembly, highlighted the main road and infrastructural projects undertaken by his Ministry.
According to him, capital investment in the public infrastructure sector has been to the tune of Rs8.7 billion for buildings and Rs13.5 billion in roads. For 2013, Rs 4.3 billion have been allocated to the Road Decongestion Programme.
Bachoo said the completion of the second part of the Shoenfield bypass at Rivière du Rempart will drastically reduce journey time between Rivière du Rempart and L’Esperance Trebuchet and Cottage. The Goodlands bypass, costing Rs294.7 million has greatly reduced traffic jam in this region. With regards to ongoing projects like Terre Rouge-Verdun Link Road, Government is spending over Rs 2.2 billion and the project will be completed early next year. The upgrading of Riche Terre Road is already on at the cost of Rs 75 m.
Additional Lanes and Ring Road
Concerning the Grade Separated Junction at Caudan, Government has already started the construction of a third lane. The Port Louis Ring Road Phase I is nearing completion and once the PPP is awarded, the second phase will start. Government has also spent Rs 52.2 million on the bridge at Pailles Road, which is now operational. Regarding the widening of Coleville Deverell Bridge, 50% of the work is already completed.
Decongestion in Plaines Wilhems
About 80% of the works for the widening of the motorway from Phoenix down to Port Louis is over. A bypass is being constructed to connect St Pierre and Ebène Triangle at a cost of Rs 250 m. The cost of the Phoenix-Beaux Songes Road amounts to about Rs 75 m and the whole project is expected to be completed by April 2013. To mitigate traffic congestion at Quatre Bornes during peak hours, a project to the tune of Rs 80 m will connect Avenue des Tulipes with Hillcrest before joining the motorway. Government will also upgrade Quartier Militaire Road from Providence to Flacq, at a cost above Rs 900 m. A sum of Rs140 m has already been spent on the upgrading of Quartier Militaire Road from Wootun to Belle Rive. The upgrading of the Camp Thorel Road, costing Rs 42 m will now relieve inhabitants and road users of that landlocked village. The Higginson Road, which is the link between Providence to St Julien D’Hotman, will be inaugurated before the end of this year.
Faster Southern Routes
In the South, a linking road between Nouvelle France and Souillac is presently under study. Minister Anil Bachoo stressed that there must be a motorway in the South, from Nouvelle France to Souillac. At the same time, in the South, the road from Nouvelle France up to Beau Climat is being widened at a cost of Rs 85 m. The Mare D’Albert- Gros Bois Road cost Rs 60 m. Government has also rehabilitated three bridges in the South, including one which was 138 years old.
East Coast Trunk Road
A study has already been conducted for the East-West Connector. There will be a bypass linking Moka and Flic en Flac. With regards to the East Coast Trunk road, that is, from Forbach to Bel Air, land acquisition has already started and works will start when funds will be disbursed. This will be about 30 kilometres long and it will be a road that links the extreme East to the extreme North. At the same time, Government envisages the upgrading of the coastal road from Ferney to Bel Air.