Construction of Bath housing units delayed due to inclement weather

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ten, single two-bedroom elevated housing units, currently under construction at Bath Settlement on the West Cost of Berbice, are now expected to be completed by the end of March 2018.

The structures in its stages of completion when visited in March.

Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Clerk of Works, Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) Mohamed Shameer Khan said the new deadline is as a result of inclement weather experienced during the month of February.

“We have had some heavy rains that had caused some flooding … we had to allow the water to go down so we are expecting to finish within the month”, Khan explained.

The project, which began in November 2017, was initially slated to be completed in February.

The Clerk of Works stated, “We have houses in various stages of completion, all of the structural work has been completed already and just the finishing is being done, plastering electrical works, guttering that’s for the elevated ones.”

The ten buildings’ construction was divided among four contractors who  had to ensure that they were carried out according to CH&PA’s specification.

Khan said, “Basically, we have four contractors. We have Mr. Ivor Allen who is has two of the houses to the extreme end, then you have Memorex Construction Company with other twos. We have Mr. R. Kissoon with three and General Contractors (with the remaining three).”

The 10 flat two and three-bedroom housing units are part of the government’s goal to provide suitable and affordable housing solutions for citizens all across Guyana.

Persons eligible for these units in Region Five will go through a process of prequalification with a specified bank. The houses will be mortgaged for those who qualify, through the financial agency.

Clerk of Works, Central Housing and Planning Authority, Mohamed Shameer Khan.

The elevated units in its early stages of construction when the site was visited in January.

 

By: Delicia Haynes

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