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Jamaica: Morris cautions against road revamp hopes for Portmore

Senator Floyd Morris has warned members of the parliamentary committee reviewing the proposal for Portmore to become Jamaica’s 15th parish against having grand sights on multimillion-dollar infrastructural developments in the area.

Citing a recent presentation from the National Works Agency (NWA) to the joint select committee indicating that it would cost $15 billion to improve thoroughfares across the municipality, Morris said that the agency had been allocated less than $100 million for road expenditure in the last financial year.

“Gaining or granting parish status is not likely to change that in the foreseeable future and we have to make sure that we temper the expectations,” Morris said during Tuesday’s committee meeting.

Responding to Morris, chairman of the joint select committee, Dr Andrew Wheatley, said members have at times raised issues that are secondary to the purpose of the committee.

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