GIS – 06 July 2020:The Wolmar Traffic Centre to the tune of Rs 12 million on a plot of land of 2400 m2 was inaugurated on 03 July at Wolmar Flic-en-Flac in presence of the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Disaster Risk Management, Dr Anwar Husnoo, the Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Mr Alan Ganoo, and the Minister of National Infrastructure and Community Development, Mr Mahendranuth Sharma Hurreeram.
The project, an initiative of the Ministry of Land Transport and Light Rail in collaboration with the Traffic Management and Road Safety Unit and the Beach Authority has been put in place by Transinvest Construction Ltd. The traffic centre will enable bus users to have a proper boarding and alighting platform in a secured environment as well as provide bus operators a proper holding area. Also, provision of solar powered street lights and smart bus shelters have been made to make the traffic centre more sustainable.
The traffic centre has also successfully integrated the existing toilet facilities, car parks and the access to the public beach and also caters for the existing buses and any future expansion of bus routes to the region of Flic-en-Flac.
In his address, the Vice-Prime Minister, Dr Anwar Husnoo, spoke of the various infrastructure development projects which are in the pipeline for the region of Black River. They are mainly, the social housing projects to the tune of Rs 12 billion which will also cover the region of Black River; extension of the Yves Cantin Hospital at Black River; road construction towards Cascavelle as well as to Chamarel and the construction of two village hall at Gros Cailloux and Tamarin respectively. Dr Husnoo also recalled that for the year 2014 to 2019, Rs 132 million have been spent for local authority projects in the region of Black River.
The Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Mr Alan Ganoo, spoke of the need for the traffic centre in this part of the island which he said has over the recent years known a rapid expansion of the villages and several residential and commercial developments have flourished in the region causing a substantial increase in the demand for public transport services. He pointed that the project has been completed within the set timeframe and will help ease the traffic flow for nearly some 7,000 passengers who travel to Flic-en-Flac by bus every day.
He recalled that the traffic centre will benefit four bus routes in the region of Flic-en- Flac namely: Quatre-Bornes to Wolmar; Port-Louis to Wolmar; Ebène to Wolmar; and Curepipe to Wolmar. Minister Ganoo also spoke of several projects which will be undertaken in Flic-en-Flac among which the rehabilitation of the beach to the tune of around Rs 10 million to prevent sand erosion. He added that a sum of Rs 40 billion has been earmarked for infrastructure projects across the island.
For his part, the Minister of National Infrastructure and Community Development, Mr Mahendranuth Sharma Hurreeram, reiterated the Government’s commitment to transform Mauritius into a modern country for the betterment of the population. He recalled that his Ministry is working in close collaboration with the Road Development Authority on a master plan regarding major development projects across the country including the region of Black River. He further stated that the traffic centre at Wolmar is a requisite owing to the number of persons travelling to Flic-en-Flac regularly.
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