Works on road to resume shortly
E.C.D four-lane expansion…
Stalled preparatory works on a section of the East Coast Demerara road widening project may resume shortly. The Public Works Ministry is engaging construction companies to identify a contractor.
This was indicated by Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, who noted that the Ministry is engaging the services of a contractor but that has not been dealt with conclusively.
He explained that interests have been aroused among contractors but the Ministry has to assess some technical difficulties before choosing a contractor. Whichever company is contracted to execute the project from Better Hope to Montrose will have a large task ahead.
Dr. Luncheon said, “We have had some difficulties with the quality of work that has been done which for all intense and purposes suggest that works have to be redone, and therefore you can understand how technical will be the process of engaging someone else, another contractor to take over,” Luncheon said.
Weeks ago, the Works Ministry terminated the $468.2 million contract awarded to Falcon Transportation and Construction Services. The company was contracted last year to execute preparatory works for the widening of the East Coast Demerara Public Road into four lanes.
The Ministry claimed that the contract was terminated on the basis of fraudulent submissions and poor quality works by the contractor. But the contractor debunked those claims, and said that his refusal to give gifts to staff of the Ministry has cost him the contract.
According to a senior official of the Ministry, review of the contract, including the works that the new contractor would have to expedite, will be done this week.
Meanwhile, construction works on another portion of the East Coast Demerara road extension project being carried out by Dipcon Engineering Services are moving apace. The Official said that in this first phase, the company will execute works from Montrose to Beterverwagting. The second phase will see works being expedited to Golden Grove.
The Engineer stated that works being done by Dipcon are of acceptable quality but the contract may have to be extended owing to some design changes.