Workmen have started the extensive cleaning of the drains outside the St John’s Public Market Complex.
Minister of Health Molwyn Joseph said the campaign forms part of the Cabinet sanctioned beautification of Antigua & Barbuda project.
The men shoveled mounds of accumulated sediment and solid waste from the drain around the market, Sunday, in hopes of improving water flow.
“Every drain is blocked in St John’s. We have met situations right at the market where the drain was not only blocked by debris but a slab of concrete in the drain that was blocking the water flow,” Minister Joseph said.
Lower Market Street has been plagued with severe flooding during even moderate rains.
Both the Minister of Public Works Eustace Lake and Joseph were on the scene during the cleaning, which started around 6 am and continued into the evening.
The health minister said the work will continue throughout St John’s.
He hopes that the cleaning of the drains will not only reduce mosquito breeding, but also reduce the foul odour in parts of the city.
Joseph said government will soon take a Beautification and Greening of Antigua & Barbuda Act to Parliament.
He said the new law will sanction individuals who litter and allow their property to become a nuisance.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)