May 08, 2013 Letters Comments Off on Repair the infrastructure, not build the Marriott
The Government should maintain the dilapidated coastal infrastructure rather than spending vast sums on a new hotel and airport. No one knows for sure the true cost of this Marriott Hotel. Initially it was reported to cost US$64M with 160 rooms.
When questioned recently, Mr. Brassington of NICIL stated that the cost to construct the hotel was US$65M with 197 rooms.
The Marriott is no top of the line hotel and could easily be constructed by Guyanese workers. Mr. Brassington claims that Guyanese do not have the expertise to build the hotel is simply ridiculous.
Similarly, the new US$130 to US$150 M airport will also be built exclusively by Chinese workers. Some time ago, when this Airport was awarded to the Chinese Contractor I wrote a letter stating that the Chinese would only use their own forces to construct this airport but no one responded.
I worked in Hong Kong as an engineer for a number of years and am familiar with their work ethics. Building a seven-gate airport when only two gates would be in use at any one time is simply a waste of money.
Guyana is a Third World country and upgrading the runway and modifications to the existing building are all that is necessary. Trinidad new airport has eight gates and only about two are used at any one time.
I feel the money spent could be used in fixing the coastal infrastructure, which is in a disastrous state and have not been maintained for several years. It was recently reported that the Torani Canal is a poor state, the banks are slipping and the canal silted up. Water from this canal is discharged into the Canje Creek for use by the sugar estates and by various D&I Schemes including the cattle pasture.
I do not agree with Mr. Bhim the Estate Manager who recently stated in the press that the silted Torani is not a problem. The Torani canal needs to be widened and the depth increased. Water from the Torani into the Canje keeps salt water from intruding up the Canje Creek.
Similar problems also exist with the MMA Scheme where due to poor maintenance over the years have led to severe flooding along the main façade. The sea defences are also in a very poor shape. The recent severe overtopping in the Georgetown and Kitty areas indicated the foreshore has eroded. The Govt. is no longer monitoring the foreshore levels and no one knows what is going on.
In a few years the Government could be faced with the dreaded R word- Re-alignment of the sea defences or abandonment of the area.
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