[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Housing and Water’s Community Roads Improvement Programme (CRIP) signed contracts with five construction companies for the second phase of the project which will see an additional $417M being invested.
The signing of the contracts which was done at the Ministry’s Boardroom, South Road came about after these companies were deemed the most suitable for the job following a public tender which was opened on April 29.
The rehabilitation process would also cater for safety features such as speed humps, and reshaping of the drains and road corners to avoid accidents by careless road users.
Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali who was present at the event expressed his joy of being able to “move forward with this phase of the project”.
He noted that this money will be used for the rehabilitation of 24 roads in Regions 3, 4, 5 and 6. This intervention will directly benefit 15,685 people.
He added that the Ministry has been doing work on numerous roads in new housing schemes however; this project will target the old schemes as these need maintenance too.
The Minister also noted that some of these projects are expected to be completed in a three -month time frame, however by September all of the work should conclude.
In addition to this, the Minister told the contractors that the Ministry will not be accepting any excuse if the deadlines are missed. He highlighted the fact that if the deadlines are not met, liquidated charges will be placed on the companies.
Fifteen out of these 24 roads are main access roads in communities such as Windsor Forest, Belladrum, #64 Villages, Footpath, and Enterprise among others. The companies contracted for the project are Barden Construction, Guy America Construction, K.P Jagdeo, H. Nauth & Sons and Erin Lall Civil Works.
Over 250 roads have thus far been rehabilitated under the CRIP initiative at a cost of $2.4B through funding by the government of Guyana and the Caribbean Development bank (CDB).