That’s how much the National Security Minister said the new Forensic Science Centre in St Joseph will cost taxpayers.
During a media conference at the current St James location, Hinds said Government had taken the decision to provide a brand new and improved space for the very important element of national security.
He said it will be seven times bigger than the current Forensic Centre and it will be outfitted with the most modern of technologies.
Construction will be done by a company from the People’s Republic of China and Hinds expects their arrival within the next three weeks.
“We will sign the MOU…when we do that, a contractor will be identified and the work will start and we expect that that work will take place over an 18-month period,” he said.
Hinds revealed that in the last two years, with the help of the Acting Director of the Centre, Derrick Sankar, they changed procedures, procured equipment and trained or upskilled staff.
Head of the Homicide Bureau, Senior Superintendent Rishi Singh, said since the upgrades at the centre, the police have been receiving their test reports in a much timelier manner.