CIIP wraps up a fulfilling year
−Completing budgeted projects, including Georgetown Restoration projects
−Others scheduled to be completed during first quarter 2020
DPI, Guyana, Friday, January 17, 2020
From markets to recreational grounds, thousands of citizens countrywide have benefited from the $8.3Billion allocated to the Ministry of Communities last year for its Community Infrastructure Improvement Programme (CIIP).
Naeem Khan, Coordinator, Engineering Services at the ministry told DPI that for 2019 they focused on wide-ranging developmental works in newly-formed Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs).
“We were able to complete the Lethem town hall ($45Million), we completed work in two of three new NDCs in the Pomeroon, we were also able to complete the rehabilitation of two buildings at $9Million each to house two newly formed NDCs – the Hauraruni/Yarrowkabra and the Lamaha/Yarrowkabra NDCs.”
Khan related that work has started on the NDC building at Plegt Anker/Kortberaat, East Bank Berbice while tenders are out for the NDC building at Profit/Rising Sun in Mahaica-Berbice. Meanwhile, work will start on an NDC building at Aranaputa in the North Rupununi this year.
Meanwhile, some $300Million was budgeted for the Georgetown Restoration Programme with completed projects including the rehabilitation of several market areas in the city.
“We saw the completion of four markets within Georgetown which is the Bourda Market, Kitty Market which is in its Phase 2; we had the East Ruimveldt Market which is also in phase two and the La Penitence market popularly known as the Albouystown Market; all that we have undertaken during 2019.”
Of the 21 community grounds earmarked for rehabilitation during 2019, to date 17 are completed with four to be completed by month-end.
According to Khan, savings from those projects were used to do others.
“We did other projects like a road in Alliance, the construction of the CV Nunes/Tempe NDC building; we have already started on the Goed Fortuin Community Centre Ground and we completed works on the Liverpool Community Centre Ground.”
The engineer said those projects which were not completed in 2019 would be wrapped up during the first quarter of this year.