D’Urban Park, once an overgrown area, continues to undergo its transformation into a major multi-purpose recreational facility. However, many questions linger over the project cost, its financial allocations and the way in which the contract was awarded.
INews was informed that project supervisors could not confirm whether the project was on schedule to meet the deadline of the next stage. However, it was revealed information would soon be disclosed to the public. Even so efforts to contact the contractor were unsuccessful.
INews visited the site today where construction works were seemingly afoot. The stands to hold persons were still being worked on while the framing for concrete drains was being done.
Earlier in March, the parliamentary Opposition voiced concerns that it was waiting since November 2015 to receive “critical information” pertaining to the development of the D’Urban Park area.
Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had pointed out that there was “a complete lack of transparency” on the initiative.
During one of the Party’s press conferences, Teixeira noted that there has been “absolutely no disclosure” on the undertaking, including the amount of taxpayers’ money being expended, how the contracts are being awarded, and to whom they are being awarded.
Upon full completion, the Park is expected to have a capacity of 30,000 persons; both seated and unseated, and will be able to accommodate literary events, concerts, sporting activities and other public events.
A statement from the Ministry of the Presidency had noted that the Park was being developed mainly for the benefit of South Georgetown residents, but it is expected to have capacity to house major national events.