Amaila Falls road designs still to be approved
Engineers and consultants for the Ministry of Transport and Hydraulics, up to this past week were in the interior working on the ground vetting of the designs that were submitted by Synergy Holdings Inc. for the construction of the road and bridges that will facilitate the eventual construction of the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project.
This is according to Senior Engineer and Ministerial Advisor, Walter Willis, who said that several issues were raised with the designs that Makeshwar ‘Fip’ Motilall’s company submitted and the verification undertaken.
He disclosed, too, in a telephone interview, that the draft construction permit which was sent to the Ministry by the Environmental Protection Agency has been sent back to them for further clarifications.
He said that he is expecting a response from the EPA by tomorrow. Willis further stated that the response from the World Bank as it relates to the Environmental Social Impact Assessment ESIA report is also critical.
Willis said that given the fact that more than likely there will be times in future when Guyana would approach the World Bank for funding in the future and would not want strained relations and as such would prefer their approval on the report.
The project includes some 110km of virgin road through the forest as well as 85km of road where trails already exist.
According to the agreement signed with NICIL, Motilall must produce a continuous, all-weather road to be built incorporating existing roads where possible and building new ones as needed to accommodate automobile, bus, and heavy truck access from Georgetown to Amaila Falls.
Completing the 110km of road in the eight-month (240 days) timeframe it means constructing some 458.3 metres daily, a tall order if one is to clear virgin forest.
Motilall is also responsible for the construction and supply of a pontoon crossing on each bank of the Essequibo River at or in the vicinity of Butakari and on the Kuribrong River at or in the vicinity of Portage Falls in accordance with the specifications set out in Exhibit C. The pontoon must be capable of carrying 100 tonnes minimum.
The roads (whether new or existing) must also be capable to carry 20 tonnes/axle with the design maximum unit carrying capacity of 100 tonnes.
All roads must also be stabilised and capped with a minimum six inches of laterite or similar materials compacted