[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of State Donald Ramotar told miners that the road from Bartica to the interior will be fixed as money has been provided to execute works. He also stated that government will work closely with the Bartica Interim Management Committee to address the issue of garbage.
“ Just to let you know that we are going to fix this road and at the moment, we have just given the Ministry of Works $89M to try to do work to make this road, drainage better until we can fix it to the standard of a highway, but we are going to continue to work on that. We are working very closely with the IMC in Bartica in order to clear the drains and garbage and if we had the resources that can become available from saving $9 billion per year, (for electricity subsidy which could be saved through hydropower) we will not have enough contractors and workers to do all the work we can do with $9billion and we can solve the problem we have with garbage and drainage etc.”
He told those gathered for the Pork Knocker’s Day event at Bartica, Region Seven that the biggest impediment to development is the lack of cheap energy.
He indicated that Government is looking at hydro-power development right in Region Seven, in cooperation with the Brazilians. He assured miners that they have been recognised by his government and the role that they have played, and spoke of the developments that are soon to take place in the mining sector said as the Aurora mines in the Cuyuni area coming into operation next year, and Troy Resources.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]