Deputy Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said persons should expect to see more work being done on the East End/Long Look project starting very soon.
His comment comes in the wake of claims by Opposition Leader Marlon Penn that nothing was being to move the project forward.
Dr Wheatley said although COVID
-19 has impacted some of the work on the project, Works Minister Kye Rymer continues to push the project forward.
The Deputy Premier argued that it was his administration that recouped most of the funding for the project from the BVI Port Authority after $8 million had been redirected to the cruise pier project under the former National Democratic Party (NDP) administration.
He said while the NDP started to repay some of the monies during its time as the governing party, this was only a small amount.
“Most of it was repaid during this administration because the East End/Long Look sewerage project is a major priority for us,” Dr Wheatley said on the Virgin Islands
Party’s Let’s Talk radio show.
Meanwhile, Works Minister Kye Rymer said while there have been delays in the project, works continued ‘in-house’ to move it forward.
Rymer said officials have been working within the realms of the COVID
-19 pandemic to have the job completed.
“We have just signed an additional contract a few weeks ago where the contractor should resume work to continue to lay the pipes,” Rymer stated.
Earlier this week, Penn said the VIP government has had three years to work on the project but has made no progress during their time in office, even though monies have been put back into the consolidated fund for the project.