[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment will provide $80 million towards the construction of a water treatment plant in Port Kaituma, Region One, in light of pollution of the main water source, the creek, as a result of mining activities.
Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Persaud who was in the community yesterday [Wednesday, August 27] for an interactive session with miners, said “We also knew there is an issue of water supply and we did not sit back and say this is a GWI problem although GWI has been making some efforts,” as he mentioned the $80 million support.
He added that the Ministry has been working along with GWI because they realise that the water source will have some difficulties, especially during the dry season, given increased mining activities.
It was further stated that the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) is awaiting the bills of quantities from GWI so that payments can be made in aid of the project.
Minister Persaud said the initiatives taken by the Ministry show the Ministry’s interest in supporting development in the mining community.
“We don’t want to only tell miners to produce more and what we have been doing to improve mining conditions, but also we look at how we can work with other Government agencies in supporting socio and infrastructural development.”
Port Kaituma mining district is the second highest gold declaring region in the country. Minster Persaud said as a part of the Ministry’s interest in the development of mining communities, a specific lottery will be done so that Port Kaituma miners will have more access to mining properties. He further urged miners to ensure mining is done in a environmentally safe way.
Meanwhile the Ministry presented four drums of fuel to the Power Generation Committee of Port Kaituma. The presentation of fuel to the PGC chairman followed a request to Minister Persaud from miners/residents for fuel, a commitment which he realised.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]