Following discussions with Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, some 65 vendors from Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, have agreed to relocate in order to facilitate works under the West Coast Demerara Road Improvement Project (RIP).
Minister Ferguson met with the vendors at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School to discuss a way forward that is agreeable to both the RIP and vendors. She was accompanied by officials from the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Finance Ministry, and Region Three Democratic Council (RDC).
During the interactive session, it was emphasised that the project was one which would ultimately benefit the entire community, particularly its economic wellbeing through the provision of farm-to-market access.
Furthermore, it was relayed by project coordinator Kester Hinds, that the US$44 million Road Improvement Project is the largest infrastructural development to ever be undertaken in Region Three.
However, for the RIP to be successfully completed, the 65 vendors from Vreed-en-Hoop would have to temporarily relocate since their current location is in the direct path of the proposed road. As part of the contract, the technical specifications must be adhered to and are therefore unchangeable.