BK Int’l challenges Works Ministry; says poor supervision costing contractor

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BK 2[www.inewsguyana.com] – BK International is challenging the Ministry of Public Works to support its charge that the recent damaged to the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Company cable was in an area not assigned to BK by the Consultants.

The Ministry of Public Works had made the claim in a statement issued on September 17.

“While BK is not always privy to the arrangements between MPW and GT&T, BK is satisfied that the area where the pole fell and cable damaged, on Tuesday 16 September, was within an area cleared for construction works,” the Company said in a release today.

The Company added that the area where BK was working on Tuesday was Km4+580 to Km4+600, well outside the area of constraint. The GT&T fallen pole is located at Km4+595.

With this information established, BK international also calls on GT&T to withdraw its charge that BK is being “unethical” and “deliberately misrepresenting the facts.”

Workers of GT&T putting a new pole in the center of the carriageway, halting construction. [Photo provided by BK International]
Workers of GT&T putting a new pole in the center of the carriageway, halting construction. [Photo provided by BK International]
Managing Director of BK International, Brian Tiwarie said “the problem with this East Bank Expansion Project is that the Ministry of Public Works is not doing a good job of management and supervision and as a result the work is constantly being extended by delay after delay.”

Mr. Tiwarie added that, “… at this rate the project may extend to 2015 or beyond. As a company we continue to lose money on equipment and labour stationed on the East Bank every time there is a delay.”

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