Oct 31, 2010 News
This vehicle, transporting the controversial Amaila Falls access road contractor Makeshwar “Fip” Motilall, plunged down a 40-foot ravine at a location near 45 Miles, Mabura Road two Saturdays ago.
Motilall sustained lacerations to the head and some damage to his mouth.
His rescuers said that they saw him spitting blood.
Motilall was granted a US$15.4M contract to build a road leading to Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project. This vehicle was part of the equipment he bought with the advance given by the government.
It was pulled out by a piece of heavy equipment working in the area.
Ever since the award of the contract several questions have been raised as it relates to the ability of the contractor and his Company Synergy Holdings Inc to complete the project on time.
He along with Government officials has claimed that the company has built roads in Florida and Georgia in the United States of America but according to the US authorities this is not the case.
Synergy Holding Incorporated is expected to commence construction of some 110km of virgin road through the forest as well as 85km of road where trails already exist. In fact, as mentioned above, this operation was supposed to have begun some time ago.
According to the agreement signed with NICIL, Synergy Holdings Inc 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.
The time frame for the completion of the road has been dubbed impractical.
It was pointed out by a reputable entity that 110 km of road in eight months (approximately 240 days) means constructing some quarter of a mile of finished road daily and is, “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.
The pontoon must be capable of carrying 100 tonnes minimum. The roads (whether new or existing) must also be capable to carry 20 tonne/axle vehicles 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 to 95 per cent proctor and suitable for use as the final wear surface.
He is no longer building the hydro electric plant. Rather he was awarded the US$15M road project leading to the hydro site.
Synergy Holdings Inc Head Office address is listed on the website as 951 Sansbury’s Way, Suite 204 West Palm Beach Forida in the United States of America.
That address is also listed for Synergy Energy Solutions, Inc. Both companies list on their website that they are building a hyrdro power plant in Guyana despite the fact that Winston Brassington has already clarified that Sithe Global will be undertaking the project.
This newspaper visited the address listed at the Head Office only to realize that it is located in a Shopping Plaza and in the identified suite 204, Hindu religious paraphernalia (pooja) and garments are sold there.
Identified on a business card for Liberty Foods International Grocery Store is Fip Motilall and that business is at Unit 203, 951 Sansbury’s Way, Suite 204 West Palm Beach Forida meaning that the two businesses operated by Motilall sit side by side in the Shopping Plaza.
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