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Post  Sirop14 on Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:54 pm

Cabinet updated on proposed tunnel project
The Cabinet of Ministers has been updated on two feasibility studies -- one of which has been completed while the other will soon start -- in relation to the proposed tunnel project.
Cabinet has also considered several legal and policy memoranda.
This was during a scheduled meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday morning at State House chaired by President Danny Faure.
In a meeting with the local media yesterday morning, Margaret Pillay, the deputy cabinet secretary for policy affairs and Johny Bastienne, the deputy cabinet secretary for institutional affairs, gave more details on the tunnel project and the other matters which the Cabinet discussed and approved.
With regard to the proposed tunnel project -- announced by President Danny Faure in his State-of-the-Nation address last year -- to link the east and west coast of Mahé from Cascade to Grand Anse, Cabinet was updated on the status of feasibility studies for its implementation. Cabinet also decided on the manner in which funds would be raised to carry out the project.
Mr Bastienne went on to explain that a first feasibility study carried out with international expertise has concluded that such a project can be realised in a period of 36 months and how much it would cost and now it remains for the government to put in place the necessary legal entity to explore different funding options, one of which is source funding from international partners.
Another team of experts are already in the country to carry out the second feasibility study to provide another costing for comparison before the project could start.
Mr Bastienne explained that the first study was carried out towards the last quarter of the year.
Ms Pillay has given reassurances that the project will be carried out in a sustainable manner and will have no impact on the environment but would be greatly beneficial mostly for transportation of agricultural produce.
“The project is still in its early stage and the public will be consulted and their inputs and views will be sought and considered at the appropriate time,” Ms Pillay pointed out.
The Cabinet also approved the solid waste disposal and treatment strategy for Mahé that will guide waste management for the next 10 years.
“Waste management being very important especially for a small country like ours, it is therefore for this reason that the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change has submitted it strategic plan to the Cabinet to seek their consideration as to the best waste management options for the next 10 years,” Ms Pillay explained.
Among the different strategies being considered is introducing a waste crusher to reduce waste dumped at the landfill by 40%, stepped up recycling efforts, waste sorting by setting up a sorting area and work out on a more effective waste management education campaign for the public.
Cabinet also endorsed the nomination of a Seychellois candidate, Ambassador Joseph Nourrice, for the post of deputy executive secretary for corporate affairs in the SADC. Only Seychelles and Madagascar which have no other nominations at SADC.
Ms Pillay explained that the post at SADC is expected to become vacant in June.
“If we become successful it will be very beneficial for Seychelles and other small island states as we will be directly represented,” Ms Pillay noted.
Cabinet also approved the national policy and framework for the design and implementation of the performance monitoring and evaluation process within ministries, departments and agencies.
Amendments to the Hire Purchase and Credit Sale Act was also approved. The regulations provide for the license fees, charges and clear guidelines for the undertaking of hire purchase and credit sales.

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Post  Sirop14 on Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:22 pm

Today in Seychelles
7 hrs ·
Saturday 17 February 2018
Infrastructure
Plans for tunnel from Cascade to Grand Anse
Feasibility studies are currently underway to establish the cost and viability of constructing a tunnel that would go directly from the district of Cascade to Grand Anse.
by S. Marivel
This project aims to facilitate travel and ease of movement across the island, from the south and west coast.
The idea was first brought up by President Danny Faure in his State of the Nation Address in 2017.
According to studies conducted last year, the construction project can be done in about 36 months.
Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Policy Affairs Margaret Pillay and Cabinet Secretary for Institutional Affairs John Bastienne explain that a second feasibility study is currently underway with a team of geologists.
“Government will be having a legal entity look into the project and find ways to finance it,” Mr Bastienne says.
Government is looking at possible partners from the United Arab Emirates, and coordination from the Ministry for Finance which has already begun looking at how much funding will be needed for the construction. A definite amount is yet to be confirmed.
In order to have more transparency, government would like to contract a company to help source the funding.
“The same way it was undertaken for the undersea cable for Cable and Wireless Seychelles, where a foreign company helped with the plans and funding – so will we plan for this tunnel,” explains Mr Bastienne.
Once plans return to Cabinet for more approvals, consultations with the public could take place. An environmental assessment will follow to understand possible implications of drilling through the granite.
Mr Bastienne also notes that having a tunnel will be more feasible than flyovers, due to the mountainous region that the roads would have to go over.

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Post  Sirop14 on Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:23 am

Boring tunnels for rocks and roads

19-March-2018
Getting into Mahé’s belly

Following President Danny Faure’s recent proposal to construct 2 tunnels -- between Cascade and Grand Anse Mahé, and the other between Beau Vallon and English River --  a reader sent us a copy of the following article, which is almost 20 years old, on the idea of building tunnels  under Mahé’s mountains. The article was first published in March 1999 in the Seychelles Unlimited news magazine.  



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Young brains in Seychelles have for some time been pondering over an idea from a quarry expert to dig tunnels through the mountains of Mahé.  Tunnelling will produce rocks for the construction industry, saving the hillsides from the scars of quarry. After the rocks have been dug out the tunnels can be used for roads, water mains, electricity cables and telephone lines.

In Seychelles the idea of building a tunnel to link the East coast of Mahé to the West coast may be considered to be too far ahead of the present time although there are people, among them bosses of utility companies and managers of quarry sites, who think that such accesses will solve many of Seychelles’ development problems.

The really big obstacle preventing the idea from being tuned into a project is the prohibitive cost of tunnelling.

(In 1998) when the debates started on the type of development  Seychelles and the Seychellois would like to see in the year 2020, the national media received a paper entitled “The Quarry Industry – Year 2000 Plus” from A.D. Hall, formerly general manager of the recently privatized Civil Construction Company Ltd (CCCL). The company has for many years been blasting and crushing granite at quarry sites to supply materials for the booming construction industry. It is gnawing at a solid granite mountain at Providence.

Hall’s idea is firstly aimed at finding an environmentally-friendly source of granites from within the mountains, to avoid further scarring of the verdant hillsides. The tunnels would merely be the end-product of underground granite blasting.

Hall said in the paper that the quarry at Providence had only a few years of proven rock supply, depending on the country’s requirements, but “certainly insufficient proven rock around the year 2000”.

Readers may quickly dismiss the claim that there is not enough rock on an island made up almost entirely of one solid granite ridge running from North to South. The concern actually is not about supply but rather how much can be removed from the hillsides without causing further damage to the natural environment.

“It is no longer acceptable for companies seeking rocks to drill and blast the nearest boulder at the side of the road. Therefore, where do we go to quarry rock in the year 2000 plus?” Hall asked.

It is true that quarrying companies are encountering tighter environmental regulations – the general public are demanding cleaner air, less noise and have a dislike for open face blasting of rock which in some cases also disturb their routine at home.

United Concrete Products Seychelles (UCPS), the main construction material supplier in the country is fast exhausting a rock quarry at Pointe Larue. It, too, is looking for a new quarry site that is friendly to the environment.

What is to be done?

“I have therefore come to the conclusion that to find this kind of area which can sustain an abundance of rocks for years it is not practicable keeping within the criteria of Seychelles being an environmentally friendly country and therefore other methods of obtaining a source of rock supply should be investigated, as present day excavation is not within the parameters acceptable any longer,” said Hall.

The saying “as solid as the rock of Gibraltar” is popular in British colonial parlance but in actual fact this promontory -- a piece of the United Kingdom on the Spanish Mediterranean coast -- is hollow. Tunnels run through within the mountain.

After all, Mahé is known to be made up of granite that is the hardest in the world. This makes Mahé even more solid than Gibraltar. It therefore qualifies Mahé’s mountains for mining from within to take out rocks for the construction industry.

Geologist Eddie Belle, the managing director of the Seychelles National Oil Company (SNOC), has identified the rock face at CCCL’s Providence quarry as a possible site to start digging out a tunnel. He said a tunnel that would end up somewhere at Barbarons would be just over 3.5 kilometres long.

Companies involved with tunnel projects in Norway and Sweden have been contacted to give a costing for the Providence-Barbarons tunnel idea but there have been no site visits so far.  Based on costing for a 16-kilometre tunnel in Switzerland, a link under the mountain from Providence to Barbarons would be over R600 million.

Selwyn Gendron, a director of Gondwana Granite, said boring tunnels through Mahé’s hard rock is technically possible as has been done in the Alps, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Norway, Sweden and many other places.

“Yes, it is possible. The technology exists,” said Gendron.

The big constraint, he added, is finding the money to finance it. Gendron said proper surveys need to be done to find the best sites from where the tunnel will begin and end.

The Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) has been presented with tunnel projects to facilitate the transportation of water from abundant sources on the West coast to population centres around Victoria. Stephen Rousseau, the managing director who has just seen the country through a prolonged drought, is trying to realise the company’s objective of supplying over 90 per cent of the population with reliable and regular treated water. In fact, a British company submitted a tunnel project, at a cost of R23 million, to transport water from Grand Anse to the Rochon and La Gogue dams.  Presently PUC is tapping water at Sans Souci and pumping it over the mountain to Rochon.

Tunnelling, said Hall, Belle, Gendron and Rousseau, would provide rock for development and after the debris has been cleared the tunnel could be an access for roads, water mains, electricity cables and telephone lines.

“There is no restriction of size of tunnel. It can take a dual carriageway each way plus an environmentally friendly transport system of railway tramways or mono rail. Water and electricity utilities could also use the facility,” said Hall in his paper.

Tunnelling is a never-ending process, guaranteeing supply of rocks for a long time. Rocks could be dug out of the belly of Mahé from Providence to Barbarons, and from Machabée all the way to Anse Royale. Another tunnel could run from Victoria to Beau Vallon, providing more rocks, a faster road and better access for utilities. The tunnels could intersect at various points inside the mountain, just like in a metro system.

Apart from preserving the environment and getting a new source of rocks for construction, tunnelling brings a host of other benefits. Motorists driving from the East coast to the West coast would travel shorter distances. This would cut down on fuel consumption, there would be less wear and tear. Avoiding going over the mountains would also reduce incidence of pollution from overworking engines. There will be less digging up of roads and clearing away of the natural vegetation to make way for water mains and overhead cables.

Cavities created within the mountains could also serve as storage depots.

People interested in seeing the idea turning into a project say that what is financially dear today may save the country a lot of expenses in the long run. They add that until Seychelles discovers oil the idea will remain one that is for the distant future.

Hall insisted that his idea is not aimed at building tunnels primarily for the sake of getting fast access across Mahé. Tunnels will be the excavations left behind after the mining of rocks for the construction industry.

Once excavated, the tunnels serving the public will have to be fitted with lights and ventilation. These add to the maintenance costs.

Courtesy Seychelles Unlimited magazine, March 1999 issue
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Comment -over the past 25 years have addressed countless threads on how that SIROP program core system was build and conception then 1986/87 economic global working and future working on how a given large project can/could leverage, synergised and gear  other project cross continent , cross nations  and markets - the topic of leveraging the market to build that Morocco/Spain  Tunnel and the super mess the many projects concepted later started and finished. Then British large construction companies the issues of Al Fayad an Kashoghi people involved Not to overlook the global melt down and the so call experts what how they attributed the events and causes the impacts on Seychelles development and the Gulf War linking issues. To remember that was about the time the concept for the Indian Ocean RiM Association was put together to take away the reliability on USA and Europe in  driving economic development and growth in the Indian Ocean Region.

How President F A Rene and his associated worked and leverage investments, capital and constructions projects - at the same time our view of how the Arabs works and their dynamic finance possibilities and not to forget some of these project were to be finance from money from Global disarmament and Nuclear program - In Seychelles again the way they do things

Another major challenge was the topic of preparation for the year 2000, a number of special dynamic/synergy related was had to be planned and put together then Europe and world discussions and that SIROP program role then //Russia and China. The situation with Africa and then OAU

Now that we have the EU agreement on supporting  and creating special centers outside of  EU to support and process outgoing  Refugees and exiles, Migrants and returning -the need/requirement for those in Seychelles to listen, the South Africa to North Africa corridor  for exile//refuges and in that Seychelles that  SIROP program and those 25,000 still in limbo no decision by Seychelles government what must happen for them to learn to work with the greater world,  the UN will have to become involved. those politician who will just cream, Conn, ripoff  those exile and refugees and the dreadful media.


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Tunnel Between Cascade And Grand Anse Mahe, Seychelles
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Tunnel planned on Seychelles' main island will reduce congestion, increase productivity, advisor says
Victoria, Seychelles | July 7, 2018, Saturday @ 10:00 in National » GENERAL | By: Salifa Karapetyan Edited by: Betymie Bonnelame | Views: 2899
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Post  Sirop14 on Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:27 pm

Today in Seychelles
June 25, 2018 ·
Saturday 23 June 2018

Infrastructure

Tunnel project given go ahead


The tunnel project which has been approved by the cabinet will cost €54 million and is expected to be undertaken by the private sector. It will bring lots of economic benefit to the country, says Betrand Belle, the economic advisor to the President.
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Land transport: Victoria bypass project to be completed in a month’s time
25-February-2017
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Boring tunnels for rocks and roads

19-March-2018
Getting into Mahé’s belly

Following President Danny Faure’s recent proposal to construct 2 tunnels -- between Cascade and Grand Anse Mahé, and the other between Beau Vallon and English River --  a reader sent us a copy of the following article, which is almost 20 years old, on the idea of building tunnels  under Mahé’s mountains. The article was first published in March 1999 in the Seychelles Unlimited news magazine.  
http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=258096


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Comment -  There are other methods and techniques that are not mentioned here . In adding the above references we would like to remind everybody, the role Sir James Manham played in working, promoting and assisting with the past infrastructure Projects/program even if the media never mentioned it linked/related to that SIROP program and other Regional and International similar thematic.

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Today in Seychelles
2 hrs ·
Infrastructure

Tunnels project – update


Principal Secretary for Infrastructure, Yves Choppy, Principal Secretary for Land Transport, Patrick Andre
and member of the committee for the tunnel, Patrick Joseph appeared before the Committee on Government Assurances, chaired by Hon. Gervais Henrie.
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Tunnel projects feasible | 05 July 2019
Tunnel projects feasible
Representatives from the Ministry of Habitat, Infrastructure and Land Transport before the COGA

Two major tunnel projects and five land reclamation projects proposed by the government were scrutinised by the Committee on Government Assurances of the National Assembly in a sitting yesterday morning.
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2 proposed tunnels on Seychelles' main island are feasible, outside expert says in report
Victoria, Seychelles | July 5, 2019, Friday @ 14:14 in National » GENERAL | By: Daniel Laurence Edited by: Betymie Bonnelame | Views: 873
2 proposed tunnels on Seychelles' main island are feasible, outside expert says in report
There are plans to build two tunnels on Mahe -- one linking the west coast to the east coast and one linking Victoria to Beau Vallon. (Seychelles Nation)

(Seychelles News Agency) - A preliminary report shows that the construction of two tunnels on Seychelles’ main island of Mahe is feasible, said a top government official on Thursday.

Yves Choppy, principal s
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