Repairs works to mend a section of the rail that fell off of the Supenaam stelling have been completed. However, continuous works to rectify the broken scale and the lights that are attached to the deck are ongoing.
Works are being carried out by technical personnel attached to the
Ministry of Public Works. Repairs began weeks after a laden truck fell into and broke sections of the deck at the Stelling. Due to the damage the flow of heavy laden trucks onto the Stelling was curtailed.
For almost four days trucks laden weighing in excess of nine tons were restricted from venturing onto the ferry.
According to a senior employee based at Supenaam, the Chinese-donated boats have accommodation for 42 vehicles. At the same time, on any given day almost 800 passengers would use the boats to travel from the Essequibo Coast.
But while members of the Ministry of Public Works have sent technicians to render repairs to the scale, lights and a section of the rail, repairs works to rectify the damaged deck caused by the laden truck was executed by rice miller, Nazmul Hack, of Golden Fleece.
One of Hack’s drivers had initially indicated that his boss spent almost $700,000 to repair the damaged section, since he uses the Supenaam Stelling to transport tons of rice to Venezuela on a regular basis.
Another businessman who frequents the Stelling, Imaam Bacchus and Sons, of Affiance has four trucks that transport products including rice to Georgetown.
The stelling which was constructed by Brian Tiwarie and Company, at a cost of over$600M came in for numerous criticisms, especially from Essequibians who have been utilizing the facility.
Alliance For Change councillor, Bohawanie Persaud, said that the entire facility needs a complete makeover with a more modern design. Persaud has argued that accommodations should be put in place to render assistance to the elderly, children and persons who are disabled, since those persons are forced to walk at least quarter a mile to get unto the boat.
The Supenaam Stelling came into fruition almost three years ago. The journey from Supenaam to Georgetown has been shortened by an hour.
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