The unused $24.5M Diamond Market Tarmac is among a number of markets and tarmacs to be rehabilitated and extended under the Guyana Solid Waste Management Improvement Programme.
On November 20, 2009, Khemraj Nauth inked a contract with the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development to establish a 4,600 square metre market tarmac located between the first and second bridges on the southern side of the Diamond Housing Scheme. Construction of the structure was completed in 2010.
Four years after, the structure is not being used for the purpose it was built for. It is a venue for barbeques, limes, kite flying, and regular cricket matches.
However, vendors are not too keen on occupying the tarmac since they prefer to vend on the shoulders of the East Bank Demerara Public Road.
Perhaps that is why the Ministry is moving to have a fence place around the structure. But erecting a fence around the structure may not coincide with plans of the Ministry of Public Works.
It was reported that the Ministry of Public Works is planning to move the temporary car park to the tarmac to accommodate public transportation operators plying the “Diamond inside route.” The Ministry is hoping that this would motivate vendors to utilize the structure instead of encumbering the roadway.
In an advertisement placed in Kaieteur News yesterday, the Ministry invited bids for “The Procurement of Works: Major Rehabilitation/Extension of Markets and Tarmac (Lots 1 to 7); Anna Regina, Rosignol, Rose Hall, Corriverton, Linden, Lethem and Diamond.”
Bidders could apply for one or more Lots.
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