Why not invite readers to estimate how much longer it will take to complete the Amaila Falls Access Road?
In an effort to assist in the accuracy of your reports on the Amaila Falls Access Rd., please find below a description of the seven sections that comprise the entire road. I have compiled these descriptions because in just about all your reports you furnished incorrect geographical information.
I suggest you visit either SRKN’gineering or Walter Willis and solicit from either of them a map of the route. Publishing this map would greatly assist readers in understanding the location and vital factors associated with constructing the road.
Section 1 – From a point on the Wismar/Rockstone Rd to the Mabura Hill Rd and heading South on the Mabura Hill Rd to Km 43.2.Total distance being 49.3 Km..
Section 2 – From the end of Section 1 at Km 43.2 on the Mabura Hill Rd heading West South West for 18.6 Km to the East bank of the Essequibo River, opposite Toolsie Persaud’s timber grant landing at Butakari.
Section 3 – From Butakari using Toolsie Persaud’s timber grant road heading West South West for a distance of 25 Km to the junction with the Bartica/Potaro Rd and then South West along the Bartica Potaro Rd for 11 km. to a junction with another Toolsie Persaud grant road 5 Km. North of Kaburi settlement. Total length of section 3 is 36 km.
Note: Old timers will remember Kaburi village as 72 mile Bartica Potaro Rd.
Section 4 – From the end of Section 3 heading West South West around the Western boundary of Kaburi Village using a Toolsie Persaud grant Rd (The Kaburi Bypass road) a distance of 24 Km to the intersection with the Issano Road, 4 Km West of the Issano Rd/ Bartica Potaro Rd junction. This is on the south side of Kaburi Village and is the approximate Southern boundary of the Kaburi reservation.
Section 5 – From the end of section 4 at the Issano Road heading South West for 15 km. At about 8 km it rejoins the Bartica Potaro Rd and then continues South on the Bartica Potaro Rd for 7 Km to essentially Km 134 on the Bartica Potaro Rd
Section 6 – From the end of Section 5 heading West for a distance of 22.5 km to the North bank of the Kurubrong River.
Section 7- From the South bank of the Kurubrong river opposite the end of section 6 heading South West for 49.5 km to the right bank of the Kuribrong River across from the powerhouse location at the base of the Amaila Falls.
In addition to the seven sections, a ferry crossing must be established from the end of section 2 to Butakari on the opposite side of the Essequibo River, and a bridge constructed across the Kurubrong River linking section 6 to section 7.
Also, it would be of interest to readers if you were to identify the responsible contractor for each section. As far as I am aware, a decision was made not to award a contract to upgrade Section 1. Section 2 will be built using resources from the Works Service Group of the Ministry of Public Works and Communications. Section 3 is being constructed by a Toolsie Persaud company and I believe the same company is responsible for Section 4. Section 5 is being handled by Ivor Allen and I am not sure who has been assigned to Section 6. In fact. I am not even sure that a contract has been awarded for construction of this Section. As recently announced, Section 7 has been given to Pasha.
In closing, you should invite your readers to estimate how much longer it will take to complete the road and complete should include the ferry crossing on the Essequibo and the bridge across the Kurubrong. We can then sit back and see how these dates relate to the contractual completion dates, assuming these dates have been made public. This would be informative, keeping in mind that the past contractual completion dates have proven to be unrealistic.