BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor -- publications firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, August 17, 2015
CITY planners and administrators have embarked on an ambitious project to transform Montego Bay into a technology-managed municipality that will, through sustainable development and investment, improve infrastructure and the lives of residents and visitors.
|According to Trevion Manning, director of planning at the St James Parish Council|
The 'One Bay For All' project, as it is named, is being implemented under the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) emerging and sustainable cities initiative (ESCI).
According to Trevion Manning, director of planning at the St James Parish Council, the design for Montego Bay was developed over the past two years using a combination of previous plans submitted by various State agencies and other stakeholders in the city regarded as Jamaica's tourism capital.
"The Urban Development Corporation, Planning Institute of Jamaica, the Ministry of Local Government, the Chamber of Commerce, the Railway Corporation and the parish council, we sat and focused on five main areas -- disaster mitigation and the vulnerability of the city, public safety, employment and training, urban development planning, and transportation and sanitation," Manning told the Jamaica Observer in a recent interview.
"Everything was thrown into the pot, and the IDB brought down their technocrats and came up with what is now the One Bay For All [project]," Manning added.
"The design has been done, and now we need US$18 million to implement an Integrated Operation Control Centre (IOCC) for Montego Bay," he added.
Manning explained that the IOCC will allow the city's administrators to deal with crime, traffic and disaster management and mitigation.
"What it is, is using technology to manage your city," he said, adding that the use of CCTV technology is a main feature of the system. more