Jamaica News: The Mines and Geology Division in the Ministry of Transport and Mining has developed a geotechnical map and engineering report of Montego Bay, which provide credible data to guide development planning.
Deputy Commissioner of Mines, Leighton Williams, handed over the documents to the St. James Municipal Corporation on Thursday (October 4).
He said the map and detailed report on the engineering geology of Montego Bay and surrounding areas were produced following a comprehensive three-year assessment, and will provide sound guidance for engineering construction, planning and infrastructural development.
The documents will serve to enhance the city’s resilience to natural disasters and geotechnical hazards.
“Our task is to clearly mark the path that leads to the goal of reducing the impact of geological hazards and risks,” Mr. Williams noted.
“In order to do this, it is necessary to shift our thinking… . We need to change from a reactive approach to a proactive approach as it relates to disaster management, where vulnerable areas are clearly identified, zoned and appropriately utilised through proper development planning,” he pointed out.
The Mines and Geology Division is working on geotechnical maps and engineering reports for other critical areas of the island.
Source: JIS News