[www.inewsguyana.com] – The massive clean- up exercise is underway in some areas of Georgetown and yesterday Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Norman Whittaker along with Member of Parliament (MP) Manzoor Nadir, Town Clerk (ag) Carol Sooba, City Engineer (ag) Ron Eastman and other officials visited some of the areas.
The team visited Le Repentir Cemetery, Albouystown and Church Street Canal.
The contractors have started drainage works at Le Repentir cemetery, but are hindered as there are high water levels. The work is estimated to be completed at the end of September.
Minister Whittaker pointed out that since the work in terms of removing vegetation at the cemetery area is massive, it has been divided in lots.
“We’ve asked the prison authorities to assist with the cleaning up with one lot, which means providing some of the inmates from the Georgetown prison to assist in that exercise,” the Minister said.
He stated that some of the workers who were involved in cleaning the drains in Albouystown noted that it was no easy task. However, since they are optimistic about their work, the Ministry has been encouraging, assisting and providing safety gears to them so they can conclude the works.
He added that the clean up for the Church Street Canal is almost completed and soon work will commence at the Lamaha Canal.
“We had some issues that were raised with respect to GWI, the silting up here and we will engage GWI in some discussions on that, how they can reduce the impact or how they can make a contribution towards us taking care of that,” he explained.
Minister Whittaker added that over the next few weeks more contractors will be coming on board with the expectation of more community works to commence.
The Government of Guyana has allocated $1B in its 2014 budget for a Clean-Up my country programme with an allocation of $500M for Georgetown.
Several contracts valued a total of $34.4m were recently inked for the de-silting of several main canals while a $5.8M contract for the de-silting of internal drains at Le Repentir Cemetery was granted.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]