After Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Norman Whittaker,
visited the vendors at the Bourda and La Penitence Municipal Markets last August, several projects for the markets have been inked and vendors have expressed satisfaction with the benefits they received.
During his visit, vendors highlighted several concerns about the challenges they encounter on a daily basis while operating their businesses. Some of these issues included poor drainage facilities which contribute to constant flooding within the markets; inadequate electrical installation; the lack of proper security which has led to the upsurge in criminal activities within the market environs; inadequate sanitary facilities and poor roofing conditions.
Minister Whittaker noticed there were also several dark areas around the markets, which made it difficult for the vendors to operate after sunset.
After listening to the concerns of the vendors and witnessing the poor environment which they operated in, numerous proposals were made to central Government by Minister Whittaker to improve the markets’ infrastructure.
These proposals were subsequently approved and funded under the “Georgetown Clean-Up” Programme.
According to a press release disseminated by the Ministry on Friday, all internal drains of the La Penitence
Market were de-silted and three electrical lights were installed around the market. Rehabilitation of the Sanitary Block and the construction of a footpath, tarmac and fence along Saffon and James Streets have commenced, and should be completed by the end of next month.
The release added that 14 street lights were installed along Robb Street, Alexander Street, North Road, Regent Street and Orange Walk to improve the ambience and visibility of the Bourda Market at nights. Currently, all internal drains within the market are de-silted, including the Orange Walk Canal which serves the Bourda Market, the Ministry said.
Twelve street lights have also been installed at the Stabroek Market and have been significantly benefitting vendors, hire car drivers and minibus operators there, the release claimed.
The Ministry said that the stall holders of the markets have expressed their gratitude to the Government, more so, to Minister Whittaker, for his swift and positive response to the challenges they encountered while servicing buyers.
Minister Whittaker said that he would like to encourage the vendors to “see these investments as part of a concerted effort by Government to enhance the sanitary conditions and the environment under which buyers and sellers meet to do business”.
According to Minister, “Government expects that the vendors, buyers and City Council would utilize and maintain the facilities in an efficient manner as part of a collaborative effortý to extend its productive life.”
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