[www.inewsguyana.com] – A $41 million contract was signed for the construction of living quarters for staff of the Kaieteur National Park.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environmental through the Environmental Protection Agency signed the construction contract with Alvin Chowramootoo Construction Service and Block Making Company following a competitive bidding process.
According to a press release from the Ministry, this is the latest infrastructure project in developing the National Protected Areas System (NPAS) which is being implemented through the Guyana Protected Areas Systems (GPAS) Project Phase II following the commitment by the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Subject Minister, Robert Persaud said the Living Quarters is part of an overall development rehabilitation programme that will support the newly established Protected Areas Commission in managing its monitoring activities within Kaieteur National Park.
“It will house permanent Staff such as Park Wardens and Tour Guides, who conduct daily monitoring of the Park to ensure a safe and hospitable stay for tourists and researchers,” Persaud said.
GPAS Project Phase II is a Government of Guyana – Government of Germany Project which is being funded by the German Development Bank (KfW). It commenced in 2011, and is being implemented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment through the Environmental Protection Agency.
The GFA Consulting Group has been engaged to provide support to the EPA, throughout the execution of the Project. Phase I of the GPAS Project which commenced in 2004 concluded in 2011.
The construction works for the Living Quarters has commenced, and is scheduled to be completed within six months. The EPA has engaged the Innovative Engineering Consultancy Service (IECS) to supervise the construction works.