Last year, the Guyana Water Inc. (GWI) went out to tender for the laying of 560mm High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from the Kitty seawall area to its head office, on Vlissengen Road.
The $108M contract was awarded late last year to LGS Barnes General Building Construction and Civil Engineering. This was after the tenders were opened since April 25th, 2017 by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board.
Three companies submitted tenders. The other two bids came from S. Jagmohan and Sons in collaboration with Nabi for $156.9M and R Kissoon Contracting Service for $151.9M. LGS Barnes General Building Contractors had bid $108.1M,
Currently, the work is said to be way behind. In fact, the contractor has a container of pipes on a plot of land located north-east of the Lamaha Street and Vlissengen Road intersection, with little activities seen.
GWI was intending to replace its aging water pipes around the city.
According to residents, a “worst case scenario” happened Thursday evening when a breakage occurred in the vicinity of the Popeye’s restaurant. It flooded the area.
According to GWI, the breakage occurred in the morning and was as a result of the aged pipe infrastructure that currently exists in Georgetown.
GWI said it has plans in stream to upgrade this existing network.
“If the contractor and the engineers of GWI or whoever were paying attention, then the work would have been far ahead and we could have averted what happened last night,” an angry Kitty resident said.
The area was without water for several hours. Workers were at Popeye’s late yesterday afternoon attempting to fix the breakage.
However, aside from this, there was little activity in terms of pipe laying on Vlissengen Road.
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