Jun 25, 2010 News
…GGMC to lend a hand
Kevin Trim yesterday commented that the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) will be working with the Department in assessing key requirements for the new revetment construction to be done at Kumaka Landing.
Trim, who is the General Manager of the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD), said in a comment yesterday that GGMC will be sending equipment and operating personnel up to Kumaka Landing by next Thursday at the latest.
This he indicated was in an effort to determine the requirements for the proposed revetment so that the Department may begin drafting the necessary tender documents.
According to Trim, the GGMC has equipment that will allow them to extract soil samples in the area where the revetment needs to be built.
Analysis of those samples will therefore give the Department an idea of its strength and therefore what length of pile will need to be driven in order to accommodate the weight of the revetment wall and the other strains that the piles will be subjected to.
Trim said that the Department is also trying to determine the precise length of revetment necessary, but a number of market stalls are currently in or very close to the construction zone, and that exercise will be suspended until the Regional Administration has managed to relocate the stalls.
Once the stalls have been relocated, the length of revetment necessary has been determined and the other requirements of the revetment assessed, Trim notes that the Department will prepare the necessary documentation to tender the contract.
He says that the T&HD is also trying to figure out whether or not they will be using in-house engineers or open the bidding to external contractors as well.
Trim stressed that he wants the job to be subject to a rigorous study by external consultants who can assist in the preparation of a sturdy design, before any works begin.
He noted that the design should be able to withstand the rigours of the river and the land erosion, since the last thing the Department needs is a repeat of the Charity incident where the wharf had floated away costing taxpayers millions.
He noted that the conditions at Kumaka Landing are such that if care is not taken to prepare a sound design, it could see the river taking back the revetted area in perhaps five years or less.
Meanwhile the residents, who were not affected much by the collapse of the old Stelling continue business as usual at the Kumaka Marketing Co. (KMC) Wharf, which is where the traffic had been diverted for some time now as what was supposed to have been a temporary fix for the situation at the older wharf.
Trim noted that one of the reasons for the trip down to Kumaka was an inspection of the collapsed old wharf.
He said that the debris was removed from the waterways and what material could have been salvaged was taken to be reused in the repair works at the KMC wharf.
As Trim put it, it is only fitting that the Department repair this wharf, since it has been taking all of their traffic for quite some time now.
Present on the visit were Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn, Trim and representatives from the Road Project Department and Sea Defence Departments of the Ministry of Public Works.
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