The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing was formed in January, 2012, taking on housing portfolio which was previously, a part of the Ministry of Water and Housing.
The Ministry’s primary responsibility continues to be the country’s land, marine and air transport as well as the main road network, including bridges, drains, gullies, embankments and other such infrastructure. Having taken on the Housing portfolio, the Ministry’s remit will also now include the facilitation, development and implementation of access to legal, adequate and affordable housing solutions for the Jamaican people.
The Ministry has regulatory responsibility for the safety of all modes of transportation, whether publicly or privately operated. This includes airports, aerodromes, airline operators, seaports, shipping traffic, public land transportation as well as road infrastructure and road safety. Specifically, the system is comprised of 15, 394km of road network covering the entire island (844km of arterial roads, 717km of secondary roads, 3255km of tertiary roads and 282km of urban roads), 800 bridges, 330km of rail track, a large fleet of public passenger buses, two international airports, four domestic aerodromes, ten specialized seaports and three public deep-water ports.
In the case of Housing, a combination of activities is undertaken in carrying out its portfolio; these include:
· Housing Policy and Research
· Squatter Management
· Land Management
· Project Development – (Planning, Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation)
· Marketing and Community Development (Social Services)
· Rent Services
There are currently twenty reporting entities that assist the Ministry in fulfilling its mandate to provide a safe and efficient transport system and the construction and maintenance of quality roads and attendant structures.
The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing continues to facilitate the growth of the country through the discharge of its duties in accordance with its mandate of providing safe, reliable sustainable transport systems, works infrastructure as well as facilitating access to adequate housing solutions.
To develop the policies and implement the programmes which will foster sustainable infrastructure and the efficient and effective delivery of housing solutions and transportation services, thereby enabling persons to pursue their social and economic interests.
The driving force for economic development, through the quality of policy and programme interventions provided to the Works, Transport and Housing sectors.
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