Nov 28, 2010 News
A total rehabilitation of the Parika Backdam road to the tune of $89M has commenced with the contract being given to Contractor Roopan Ramotar also called Fowl Cock.
This was disclosed yesterday, by Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud, who visited the area with other senior technical officers within the Ministry.
At the worksite it was disclosed that $25M in construction material was already bought and is being transported to the Parika Backdam area.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, a commitment was given to the Parika Backdam community to rehabilitate the road that was in need of repair, and with the support of the Inter American Development Bank, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, funds were set aside to sponsor the project, since the road is essential for farmers to transmit their produce to the markets.
He said farmers would be monitoring the construction activities since the work is being done by the intervention of Ministry of Agriculture to assist farmers.
According to Senior Civil Engineer of the Agriculture Sector Development Unit (ASDU), Fredrick Flatts, the road will be an all-weather road which will be covered with crush and run. The project will start when the weather condition is mostly sunny. The project should be completed within four months.
He said that the road will be accessible to vehicular traffic while construction is being done, however, during and after construction no heavy duty trucks will be permitted to use the road since such vehicles contribute to the destruction of the road.
The engineer said that the contract entails that work be done from the façade drain to the Parika Backdam Nursery School, while the cross dam between Parika/ Naamryck and Parika/Ruby will also be done.
Flatts said that remedial works have already begun and where sections of the road have been severely damaged, sand bags will be placed to sustain the free flow of traffic.
It was disclosed that a foundation will be made then sand will be placed on the surface, and after a blend of loam and sand will be place on top, and finally crush and run will be used to complete the process.
When asked about the reason for the absence of a tarred surface, the engineer said that $75 million more would have been needed to facilitate such a process since bitumen is very expensive.
According to residents, the estimated distance to be repaired is approximately two miles.
Other issues that were highlighted by residents and farmers of Parika Backdam were proper drainage and irrigation, and flooding.
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