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Transportation Master Plan looks at key issues

Senator Joy Grant (Minister of Science & Technology)

Senator Joy Grant (Minister of Science & Technology)

Senator Joy Grant
(Minister of Science & Technology)

Friday, April 25, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Government of Belize has engaged technical experts from the Republic of Korea to investigate Belize’s transportation issues in air and on land and sea and prepare a plan to establish key priorities for the nation as it looks ahead to coming developments.

Senator Joy Grant, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities, under whose Ministry the plan is being developed, notes that a lot of factors go into the decision-making on plans to possibly upgrade the road to the Altun Ha Maya ruin; re-activate the Commerce Bight port, and pave the Coastal Road.

She cites development of tourism and a need for more options for business and tourist interests to access the South as examples.

But as far as determining how ordinary Belizeans’ lives are affected by traffic jams and stop-and-go bus service, the plan is a little short on data, which Minister Grant says the group continues to collect and analyze.

The ultimate answers to these questions lies with the Ministry of Transport, run by embattled Minister of State Edmond Castro.

But one issue in Senator Grant’s lap is the effect of climate change on how Belize manages its transportation infrastructure.

She tells us that not a stone can be laid until plans to combat flooding and other effects are in place.

Implementation of the plan is to take effect in the next two years, and the Minister expects that it will be integrated into surrounding regional plans for unified means of transport.

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