On 26th October, 2010, Miyvue.com spoke with Minister for Sports, Glen Phillip about what’s being done to repair the falling wall. He revealed that his Ministry had already put in place a plan, but they are still unable to execute those plans because of delays by the Public Works Department.
However, it has now been confirmed by Minister Phillip that repairs to the wall should be completed by this month (March).
“For quit sometime we have been speaking about the repairs to the wall and part of the delay was because we were waiting for the design of reconstructing the wall. This is because we do not want what happened before to be repeated. Since then we have gotten drawings and the entire physical plan outline for the wall and now we can proceed with the repairs,” the sports minister told Miyvue.com.
As to how soon the construction process will begin, Phillip revealed that “it is in the tendering process at this time.”
“We were hoping to start construction the first week of March but we have not selected the contractors as yet. The reason for this is because we are looking to select the best proposal there is.
“However it is something that we want to do as soon as possible,” he added.
The Warner Park Cricket Stadium is one of the selected grounds for the upcoming Pakistan tour of the West Indies slated for May where they will play one of the Test matches.
“In preparation for that Test match we need to construct the wall as soon as possible and of course do it in such a way in order to prevent what happen during the passage of Tropical Depression, Earl,” Phillip said.
It was also confirmed by Mr. Phillip that funding for the repairs was handed over to his ministry since the beginning of the year.
“Finance is not a problem; the problem like I said is the tendering process. We want to do this with diligence and we have a transparent manner in which we conduct business and that is where the holdup is,” he further explained.