“Hinterland roads rehabilitation underway” – Min. Hastings-Williams

– will facilitate safe commuting

– increase access between communities

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, December 6, 2018

The average percentage investment for Region 7 during the Coalition government for the period 2015-2018 has been eight-point-seven percent (8.7%) in public works, this is according to Public Affairs Minister, Dawn Hastings-Williams in her budget 2019 debate presentation.

The Minister said this is a stark improvement since under the previous PPP/C administration, the Cuyuni/Mazaruni Region’s average percentage expenditure was minus three-point-nine percent ( -3.9%).

This was for the period 2011-2014.

“I repeat, 3.9%. In other words, the monetary allocations made to the region decreased considerably” Hastings-Williams said.

The Minister says for 2019 the government has allocated $375 Million to equip 20 hinterland communities with ICT hubs via satellite.

In addition, projects in the region such as the rehabilitation of roads from Kako to Waramadong will be of great benefit to the community, since those thoroughfares will link communities providing easy access for students attending the D.C. Caesar Fox Secondary.

As well as, ease of access for persons from both Kamarang and Waramadong who occupy over 300 acres of farmlands.

The Minister says these road works will also reduce the cost of transportation by 50 percent by using ATV and Pick Ups instead of boats. Kamarang is the main trans-shipment area in the Upper Mazaruni region.

Rehabilitation of this specific road has been in process by sections since 2017 and is scheduled to complete over 4 miles.

In the meantime, Bartica is also slated for road rehabilitation works with a pedestrian pavement on Second Avenue, asphalt for the Agatash main and Dagg Point main access roads, as well as rehabilitation of roads at the government compound at 7th Avenue, Bartica.

“We are moving away from tracks, Region Seven. We are beginning to have roads!!! Real roads!!! Good roads” Minister Hastings-Williams emphasised.                          

Felecia Valenzuela.

Photo: Jameel Mohamed.

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