[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Housing and Water is upgrading several community roads and the sideline footpath in No.64 Village and several access roads in Miss Phoebe, Grassfield and Ankerville, Region Six to the tune of $155.7m. The projects are on schedule for completion, the Ministry reported in a release today.
Last June, the Ministry through its Community Roads Improvement Programme (CRIP) signed the contracts with K.P Jagdeo General Contractor and H Nauth and Sons for the upgrade of roads in Region Six. The project durations are four months each.
According to Tejwattie Roopchand, CRIP’s Project Engineer, in Lot 1, Middle Walk, First Street, Second Street, Third Street and the Sideline Footpath were deplorable and needed urgent upgrade to meet the needs of residents.
The situation was the same with several access roads in Miss Phoebe, the internal roads network at Grassfield and Dispensary Street, Ankerville. Indeed, in some of these areas residents had to ply mud dams to get about their daily activities, she added.
The Project Engineer said that the main access roads were upgraded from a Double Bitumen Surface Treatment to Asphaltic concrete surface while the primary accesses were upgraded from either crusher-run surface or mud to that of Double Bitumen Surface Treatment. Safety features such as road signs, markings and speed humps have also been included.
Works are scheduled to be completed on time and within budget.
Roopchand related that these infrastructure projects will improve the lives of residents by providing better access to health care, education, community centres and markets. The economy of the communities will advance with improved level of efficient in the delivery of goods and services, and provision of employment through access to business and places of trade.
Another positive of having such developments in communities is motivation for residents to pay their taxes to Neighbourhood Democratic Councils.