VP Vincent Meriton visits business development projects at Providence Industrial Estate | 23 June 2020
Work on two-way traffic road progressing well
Work has been progressing well on the two-way traffic road that will connect the Providence Industrial Estate to the highway up to Zone 20 via the PUC-Star area at the landfill.
Once completed, the new road will ease congestion in the Providence area and Vice-President Vincent Meriton has said he is satisfied with how work has progressed since his last visit in September last year.
In fact, Vice-President Vincent Meriton visited two sites at the Providence Industrial Estate to see for himself and be briefed on developments underway within the industrial estate.
He visited the area where the Providence Construction and Marine Industrial Park will be built and the road construction project.
VP Meriton was accompanied on the visit by the principal secretary for industry and entrepreneurship development Angelique Antat, chief executive of the Industrial Estate Authority (IEA) Lucy Athanasius, chief executive of Enterprise Seychelles Agency (Esa) Angelique Appoo and other key officials from the mentioned ministries and entities.
During the visit, VP Meriton interacted with IEA chief executive Lucy Athanasius, the consultants and representatives of the contractor to see how fast the work will be done and also see other ways to reduce traffic in the industrial area of Providence.
He also proposed to the IEA management to look at new ways how to ease traffic congestion from Providence to north Mahé.
The final project VP Meriton visited was the road construction connecting the industrial estate to the highway up to Zone 20 via the PUC-Star area at the landfill. The two-way traffic road, of which the first phase has started at the Zone 20, will, once completed, ease congestion in the Providence area.
VP Meriton showed his satisfaction and noted that since their last visit in September last year work has been progressing.
At the end of the visit, Ms Athanasius noted that “since the last time we met, during this visit, we were able to use this road till the end of Zone 20. It is a fact that the work was delayed for some time due to COVID-19, but we are working with our consultant Winslow Naya Consulting (WNC) and our contractor Vijay Construction to complete the road by September or December the latest. We want to ease congestion at Providence and we will try our best to make it happen before the end of the year. Now depending on finance, in the future we will try to do an overpass to allow traffic to go back to the north. This road will mainly facilitate people to move out of Providence.”
Ms Athanasius also noted that the Providence Construction and Marine Industrial park will start as soon as the tender process is completed and finance secured.
The accompanying photos by our photographer Louis Toussaint show some highlights of the visit.