– Progress of works satisfies Minister
By Edison Jefford
The Synthetic Track and Field Facility, which is currently under construction at Leonora, West Coast of Demerara, is 40 percent completed according to Design and Construction Services Limited, Project Manager, Patrick Pitt following a visit to the site yesterday.
“The Parking Lot, main access road and other works that from part of phase I of the project is about 50 percent completed with the main access road about 85 percent completed and generally, the entire facility is about 40 percent completed,” Pitt said.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony along with Permanent Secretary within the Ministry, Alfred King, had visited the venue yesterday to get an update on the progress of the first phase of the construction of Guyana’s first such facility.
Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited was awarded the contract for Phase I of the project, which commenced last December. Phase I include drainage and irrigation works, construction of two culverts, main access road among other land preparation works.
Phase I of the project was given a stipulated deadline of six months to be ready for the laying of the track. Courtney Been had won the award for Phase I after submitting a $124, 960, 227M bid last year. Phase II, which comprise putting down the actual synthetic track was given to German company, BSW Regupol.
“We are finish clearing the area (for the track) and a survey is being done for the specific outline that will see the homestretch (of the 400m track) being East to West,” Pitt told reporters. He said that Phase I of the works are on schedule with June as a deadline.
Anthony indicated that his ministry is satisfied with the “pace” of the works. According to him, it is expected that the contractors stick to the deadlines because, to his knowledge, they all that they had required to get the job done in a timely manner.
“We are pleased to see the works moving at this pace. They have all the relevant machinery and equipment to get the job done. From when I came here the last time to now, we have seen a lot of improvement on the facility,” Anthony said at West Demerara.
BSW Regupol had signed a $93,000,000M contract for Phase II of the Facility. Regupol laid the track that was used at the World Championships in Berlin 2009. The company also laid the track at the Mona Campus, University of West Indies and the Jamaican National Stadium.
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