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Revolution Commander Ramiro Valdes Tours Reconstruction Works in Eastern Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Sep 30 (Granma-RHC). – Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés, member of the Communist Party's Political Bureau and Vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers, paid a visit to works underway on the Southeasten coastal highway, in Granma province and other social and economic development projects in Santiago de Cuba. The Chairwoman of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, Mrs. Inés Chapman, and the Ministers of Construction and of Energy and Mines, Rene Mesa and Alfredo López, respectively,accompanied Commander Valdes , as did Lazaro Expósito, the First Secretary of the Communist Party in Santiago de Cuba province, under whose leadership construction and social projects in that Santiago province are on target.

The 162-kilometer-long coastal highway, bordering the highest mountains in Cuba is under repairs after suffering serious damage during the passage of hurricane Sandy last year.

The highway runs along the southern coast of Santiago de Cuba westwards towards Granma Province, and provides access to mountain communities high in the southern Sierra Maestra range. It includes no less that 400 concrete bridges and reinforcements allowing it to cross the rivers and streams that fall to the Caribbean Sea from the Sierra Maestra range.

Ramiro Valdes also visited a plant in Santiago de Cuba that supplies prefabricated parts for home construction.The plant is assisted by an Ecuadorean Army Brigade that is building new homes as part of a donation by the Government of that country to mitigate the damages caused by the devastating storm.

At a meeting with Communist Party leaders and construction workers, Commander Valdés insisted on the need to follow the organizational plan, with adequate manpower, substantial resources and commensurate financial rewards for a job well done.

A photovoltaic park under construction in the Abel Santamaria district was also on the Commander's visiting schedule and he was informed that the project will begin generating electricity for the region by October 10 next.

A new water system and other projects aimed at improving the overall quality of life in Santiago de Cuba were also on the groups's itinery

Edited by Lisa Wilson
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