Nov 06, 2014 News
H. Nauth and Sons Construction Company has refuted claims of performing substandard
work in the patching of a section of the East Bank of Berbice road.
The company which has been contracted by the Ministry of Works on more than one occasion to do minor repairs to the East Bank Berbice thoroughfare, is convinced that there seems to be a plot to discredit the company in light of a pending major contract to rehabilitate the East Bank Berbice road.
Kaieteur News was yesterday told that the Public Works Ministry contracted H. Nauth & Sons to patch a section of the road and to rehabilitate a greenheart bridge a few months ago for the cost of $30M. The Administrators of the company claimed that the work was directed according to the Public Works Ministry’s engineer. It was later certified by the government agency.
About two months after the job was completed the rainy season came and caused the thoroughfare to deteriorate once again, the company spokesman said and before the intervention of the company, the road was almost impassable.
On completion of the work contract, that company was not subjected to defect liabilities; it was not obligated to maintain the work done, since the job was basically to conduct patch work to bring the road to a level until the IDB major road rehabilitation project came on stream.
However, it was explained by engineers, that the construction company would try to upkeep certain sections of the road despite not having to do so. The company is therefore of the view that a smear campaign is on to discredit the work already done. Julian Archer, an engineer attached to the company, said the situation seems suspicious since it is only at this stage when this new contract is near, that there is much criticism surfacing about the work the construction company has completed.
Berbice residents were alleged to be unhappy with a number of issues concerning this upcoming contract. Recently, a contract to the tune of $434.4 million was tendered for rehabilitation work on one section of the East Bank Berbice Public Road, from Everton to Lighttown.
The residents reportedly questioned why only the road from Everton to Mara is being done, and not the section from New Amsterdam to Everton. They were concerned that the contract might be awarded to H. Nauth and Sons Construction Company, which they claim continues to do bad work on the road.
Some residents claimed that the Ministry of Public Works promised to do remedial work until the promised Inter American Development Bank contract, but Nauth’s company has been doing the work. Additionally, the residents said they are suspicious even before the work on this new contract commences or awarded since a few weeks after the previous road work was done, the programme collapsed.
H. Nauth and Sons refuted further, that $100M was paid to them to patch sections of the road. The company is among seven others that submitted bids for the road contract. H. Nauth submitted a bid for $434.4 million to rehabilitate the 25-mile long road.
It was explained further, that the thoroughfare is one that accommodates heavy traffic flow including heavy vehicles from major companies such as SOL and Guyoil among others.
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