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The Fort George enhancement project

The ongoing work at Fort George which is being transformed into a major tourism attraction site

Supporters of late Grenada Prime Minister Maurice Bishop can expect to see a newlook Fort George when they visit the military facility on October 19 to mark the 41st anniversary of his execution by a hardline rival faction within his left-leaning People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG).

According to a senior member of the Dickon Mitchell-led Congress government, the current renovation work being done on the fort to turn it into a major tourism attraction is on stream and “going according to plan.”

“We want to get it ready before October 19th – we want to get it ready by then,” he said.

He told THE NEW TODAY that the 21-month old National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell is cognizant of the fact that October 19 is the time of the year when supporters of Bishop will visit the fort to pay homage to their executed leader.

Under the project, the “Historic Tunnel” at the fort will be upgraded and the enhancement will include a museum and restaurant in order to make the place a major attraction especially for mainly cruise ship passengers who will be charged a small fee to enter the facility.

Bishop was executed on October 19, 1983 following a bitter power struggle with deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard for control of the ill-fated 1979-83 Grenada Revolution.

Six days later on October 25, 1983, U.S and Caribbean troops stormed the island to put down the coup leaders against Bishop and arrested several political and military figures including Coard, the late General Hudson Austin, and Lieutenant-Colonels Ewart Joseph Layne, Liam James and Mobilisation Minister Selwyn Strachan.

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The senior government minister also commented on the delay by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) to relocate from the fort to make way for the major tourism enhancement project by moving its headquarters from there to the Lime Building on the Carenage.

He acknowledged that the police are still on the fort due to no fault of theirs as they were due to move into the new location before the end of 2023.

He said the Contractor who is doing the retrofitting of the building for RGPF has to do a little bit more work than expected to accommodate the Police.

“The Contractors are working and trying their best to finish as fast as possible,” he said.

The project is being done with funding provided by the Washington-based World Bank.

The government minister also commented on the Molinere Land Slippage project that should have started under the 2018-22 New National Party (NNP) government of Keith Mitchell.

“Molinere is going ok – they start to pour the concrete – building up the structure of the road. It’s going according to plan,” he said.

The Minister indicated that the contractor handling the project is “working day and night” in order to complete the multi-million dollar project by the new completion date set for the third-quarter of this year.

“It’s a project that we are not forcing the Contractors hand too much,” he said.

The minister stated that the government prefers “to leave them to take their time and do it than rush it so that’s why we kinda working with them to get it done.”

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