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Land acquisition process commences says PM Skerrit

by: - October 29, 2018
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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (file photo)

Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit has revealed that the process has started for the acquisition of land for the international airport.

Mr. Skerrit says the government has been saving monthly towards the international airport.

“What we have decided to do as a government is to save every month to raise funds to construct international airport. So every month we have been saving Five Million (US) Dollars from the Citizenshipment By Investment Program to go into a special international airport development fund,” Mr. Skerrit said.

Mr. Skerrit said it will cost about Sixty Million Dollars to acquire the land in Wesley area.

“I have given the commitment to land owners once we settle on the price today, within forty eight hours you will get a cheque, because we need to ensure the people we purchase the land from will pay them in quick time as we have the funds in the bank,” Mr. Skerrit stated.

Mr. Skerrit noted that a number of detailed Geotechnical studies have been conducted prior to the construction of the international airport.

Mr. Skerrit said the studies was done to get information on soil type, design, structural integrity and other necessary  information and advice before constructing the international airport.

A contract was signed for over Two Million Dollars (US) with an American firm to carry out the studies.