Green boulevards for Corriverton, New Amsterdam

GINA, GUYANA, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The town councils of Corriverton and New Amsterdam, in Region Six are both eyeing the construction of boulevards, as they push ahead with plans to modernise their towns. The boulevards will be constructed, incorporating processes that are environmentally friendly and resource-efficient.

Mayor of New Amsterdam, Kirt Wynter

Mayor of New Amsterdam, Kirt Wynter

Mayor of New Amsterdam Kirt Wynter told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that renewable energy will be used to power his town’s boulevard.

Wynter explained that the town council will be using the proceeds collected from its town day celebrations in October, to kick-start the boulevard project, where all the electrical supply will be solar. He said the council will begin the project by month-end.

Further up in Corriverton, Mayor Ganesh Gangadin said the town council would be seeking to utilise the municipal waste in the construction of its boulevard.

He told GINA that for the Corriverton project, which also includes the construction of green walkways, the council will be seeking to acquire a shredder, which it will use to shred the municipal plastic waste and integrate these into the project.

Mayor of Corriverton, Ganesh Gangadin, speaking at the recent local government forum at the Central Corentyne Chambers of Commerce in Corentyne, Berbice

Mayor of Corriverton, Ganesh Gangadin, speaking at the recent local government forum at the Central Corentyne Chambers of Commerce in Corentyne, Berbice

The council will also utilise discarded beer bottles, Gangadin explained. “The council will now have use of those items, we would take them, we would crush them and integrate them into the concrete for the walkways and boulevards,” he said.

The boulevard strips being constructed in the two, Region Six towns would essentially be parks. The facilities will be complete with amenities such as free Wi-Fi where families and school children can go to relax and conduct research.

Additionally, on the agenda for Corriverton is the construction of a tourist designated area with a boardwalk, an outdoor restaurant and a few confectionary shops. Mayor Gangadin said this huge project is expected to stretch from infront of the Corriverton market to the beach front of the Corentyne River.

The town council is hoping to use the project to garner a great deal of resources for its works. Gangadin explained that on the venture, the council plans to use the franchising model that is employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and other big companies. “That model would give us a percentage of the revenue that would be generated from these confectionary shops,” he said.

Gangadin explained that through the Ministry of Communities, the council is seeking to tap into a British Government grant funding for resource to complete the project. The project itself is still in the planning phase, Gangadin pointed out, noting that the council will be working with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to see it to fruition.

 

By Macaila Santos

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