[www.inewsguyana.com] – Road contractor, BK Internationals has once again lamented the financial strains his company is facing because of the deadlock between the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and the Government of Guyana on the way forward in relation to the relocation of vital telephone cables and poles on the four lane highway on the East Bank of Demerara.
During a site visit to phase three of the project on Monday (May 19), Engineer, Julian Archer told the media that the road work is now a year and a half behind schedule.
He said the delay is costing BK International $2M two million dollars per day. He said this figure represents the labour, machinery and other vital components which need to be present on the worksite on any given day.
The 1.2 kilometers of road being constructed by the company is lined with utility poles and cables for GT&T. Archer told the media that already the Guyana Water Inc. has committed to removing its pipelines but GT&T has not budged.
Asked about approaching the courts for a decision on the way forward, Archer said that such actions will have to be left to the Government of Guyana.
When contacted yesterday for comment on the issues and discomfort of the contractor, a GT&T official assured that the company will provide an official feedback on the issue today.
Meanwhile, a reliable source from the Ministry of Public Works has indicated that at present, the government is in the process of awarding the phone company $21 million to initiate the replacements.