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An aerial view of New Kingston, Jamaica.

Jamaican gov’t earmarks $500 million for search for new city

An aerial view of New Kingston, Jamaica.

The Government of Jamaica has allocated some J$500 million for the continuation of pre-assessment studies for creation of the country’s third city.

Finance Minister Nigel Clarke, addresses the House of Representatives on Tuesday, February 11, after tabling the Estimates of Expenditure for the 2020/21 fiscal year.

The studies are being undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) with the funds allotted under the 2020/2021Estimates of Expenditure which was presented in the House of Representatives last week.

The pre-assessment studies, entitled: ‘Third City Planning –Scoping, are expected to yield a report recommending three possible sites.

An aerial view of New Kingston, Jamaica. (File photo)

The project, which initially ran from April 2017 to March 2019, had up to last December seen the completion of phases 1A and 1B, which entailed, among other things, finalisation of a site selection criteria assessment.

Programmed engagements for 2020/21 include completing work on the master plan and concluding the phase procurement process and awarding a contract by October 2020.

The project, which has been extended to March 2021, is being financed by the Government of Jamaica.