Under the “Clean-Up My Country” Programme initiated by the Ministry of Local
Government and Regional Development, de-bushing will soon commence on the final two blocks of Le Repentir Cemetery to complete the overall de-bushing exercise.
According to a press release disseminated by the Ministry yesterday, works on blocks two and six of the cemetery will commence on Monday and should be completed by mid-December.
The release indicated that the application of herbicides will also commence next week to curtail the rapid re-growth of vegetation.
The contract for block two of the cemetery, which is bordered by Princes Street to the North, Broad Street to the South, Cemetery Road to the West and the old landfill site to the East, was awarded to Geoffrey James Construction, which also de-bushed blocks one, three, four and five.
The contract to de-bush block six, which is bounded by Princes Street to the North, Broad Street to the South, Le Repentir Mortuary to the West and Block four to the East, was awarded to the Guyana Prison Service, who also de-bushed block seven of the cemetery.
Overall, Le Repentir Restoration Programme entailed the de-bushing of thick vegetation, the de-silting of the internal drains, the removal of bees and the scarification of the internal access road network.
The press release stated that, to date, block one of the cemetery is 95% completed; block three is 80% completed; block four is 80% completed; block five is 60% and block seven is fully completed.
At the end of these exercises, it is expected that persons will be able to see from one end of the Cemetery to the next.
Now that several portions of the Cemetery are cleared, family members of the diseased can access the graves of their loved ones, to repaint and repair their tombs without having to travel through dense vegetation and swampy lands.
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