Jun 24, 2021 News
Kaieteur News – Three multi-million dollar contracts were signed on Monday for the rehabilitation of three Berbice streets – America Street in Lesbeholden, Black Bush Polder, Port Mourant/Johns Neighbourhood Democratic Council Street and Victoria Street in Cumberland, East Canje Berbice – and works are expected to commence shortly.
The signing exercises were done at each of the locations identified with Minister of Local Government and Regional Development – Nigel Dharamlall, Regional Chairman – David Armogan and Regional Executive Officer – Narindra Persaud and the contractors in the presence of residents. Kascon Engineering was awarded the contract for Victoria Street, Cumberland Village and will be executed at a cost of $23,151,500, T&R Construction Services was awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the Port Mourant/Johns Neighbourhood Democratic Council Street to the tune of $20,308,185 and a contract of $19,872,944 was awarded to Premium Asphalt for the rehabilitation of America Street at Lesbeholden, Black Bush Polder.
At the signing event in Black Bush Polder, Minister Dharamlall said, “today we are signing a contract…and we would like to see a lot of the investment we are putting in health, agriculture and infrastructure in Black Bush…we would like to see that manifested in the performance of the people.” The Minister further noted that Government is expending monies to enhance the human and social development of people with a view of making the lives of people comfortable “and so that is why we are doing America Street today. I hope that when we construct this street that people are gonna take good care of it. This is your community, it is worth $19,875,000; it is a massive investment.”
Minister Dharamlall also called on the residents to monitor the rehabilitation works when it commences and ensure that it is done at a high standard. “The street is supposed to be 645 metres long, it is supposed to be 3.66 metres wide and it is for the people of the area to use,” the Minister said as he implored the contractors and engineers to ensure that persons with the requisite skills who are living in the community be given the opportunity to be hired, rather than hiring persons from far-flung areas.
It was during a visit by President, Irfaan Ali, and the Minister of Agriculture that residents complained about the deplorable state of America Street which is located near the Lesbeholden Primary School. During the signing of the contract on Monday, persons who were making their way out of the muddy street had to do so barefooted. A school child who was returning home took off her shoes and slipped on long boots to make her journey through the street. According to a resident the street has not had any repairs done in the past 60 years.
At the signing of the contracts in Port Mourant and East Canje, the Minister reiterated his message and called on persons to take care of the streets that will be rehabilitated for the benefit of the respective communities. Approximately $600M is being spent on community road enhancements within the various NDCs and townships located in Region Six and that sum is expected to be increased in the future, the Minister revealed.
“Our President has indicated that every street that we do, every street that we build will have to be built in the form of asphaltic concrete so you can actually have a street within your community which is equivalent to a public road or the structure of a public road,” Minister Dharamlall added.
All of the streets slated to be rehabilitated have been described as “eye sores” and residents, over the years, have complained about them. At one of the contract signing events, Regional Chairman Armogan said, “I hope that people care about the street and make sure that it is not damaged by people who don’t care at all.”
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