By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Donald Ramotar is not at all pleased with the recent announcement that the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project will need millions more in resources before any results are yielded.
State Minister Joseph Harmon had told reporters in June that the US$150M allocated for the CJIA expansion project was not enough – indicating that the project would need another US$65M to be completed.
It was explained that there is need for a vehiclepark at US$2.7 million; terminal building for US$16 million; navigational aids required to change and upgrade at US$1.3 million; the existing Generator Building and Pump House to cost US$60,000; the perimeter fence and security lights at US$565,000; an additional US$250,000 to complete the relocation of the GDF electrical and mechanical engineering department.
The relocating of the airport operators and the other facilities cost US$510,000, among other expenditure, which adds up to the additional US$65 million to complete the project.
However, the Former President at a press conference on Wednesday stated that the contractors were supposed to complete the project with the US$150M.
“This is a dangerous and very unfortunate development,” Ramotar told a news conference.
He explained that the contractors had approached him with the very proposal but it was rejected given that the project is a design and build endeavour with a“fixed contract.”
“The contractors had come to me…. with the same proposal to try to get me to spend more money….we refused to concede to their position and said that they had to bring in the project,” he stated.