$320M in contracts signed for Berbice, Linden synthetic tracks
DPI, Guyana, Friday, October 26, 2018
Contracts worth $320Million were today signed for phase three of the synthetic track projects in Region Six, East Berbice-Corentyne and Ten, Upper Demerara-Berbice.
The contracts were signed by Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Social Cohesion Melissa Tucker and contractors B.K. International and Builders Hardware and Supplies for ground preparations. This was done in the presence of the Minister of Social Cohesion Dr. George Norton and Assistant Director of Sports Melissa Dow-Richardson.
Phases one and two consisted of preliminary works, surveys and the tendering process.
B.K International was awarded $141Million for works in New Amsterdam, Burnham Park in Region Six while $179Million was awarded to Builders Hardware and Supplies for similar works at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground, Wismar, Linden in Region Ten. Works are scheduled to commence one week from the date of signing and should take three to six months to be completed.
Minister Norton said that while he was pleased that the work on the two tracks is heading in the right direction, the signing of contracts is long overdue. Minister Norton is of the view that once the tracks are available, Guyana should be able to produce the next Usain Bolt and its first Olympic Gold Medal. “I know we have so many Usain Bolts here in Guyana but we can only unearth them if we provide the necessary facility in the different areas in Guyana so that we can find those athletes.”
Story and Image: Isaiah Braithwaite.