“Infrastructure master plan will drive development” – Min. Jordan reveals
DPI, Guyana, Friday, November 15, 2019
The Coalition Government has a complete infrastructure master plan to drive the development of a network of roads, throughout the country. Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan disclosed this in a recent interview.
According to the Finance Minister, “in many cases, some regions are only by flights. This master plan, over the next decade or so, will see persons being able to drive, rather than just fly into many of these regions.”
He said the administration received a grant, for the continued development of vital coastland main roads, through the Kuwait Fund for Development (KFD). He added that an agreement was signed that will see the Ministry of Public Infrastructure working on a study for the design of a four-lane road, from Belfield to Rosignol, Berbice.
There are also tentative plans for another study to be done in 2020 which proposes the moving of the “Old Trainline Road from where it ends to take it right up to Rosignol,” the Finance Minister stated.
He added that both reports will commence soon, with the study for the four-lane road, starting first.
“At least we will have an alternate from Rosignol, right through to Georgetown. We are doing this even before oil arrives.”
Minister Jordan reminded that some work has already begun.
“The Linden/Mabura part of the Linden/Lethem road that has secured financing; last month, the Public Infrastructure Ministry started from ‘Mile Zero’ planting the flags and getting some works done. During the latter part of next year, we will see tenders go out for that stretch of the road that is being financed with a loan from the CDB and grant financing from the UK/CIF.”
Since taking office, the Coalition Government has doubled efforts to bridge the gap between coastal and hinterland communities, via the use of technology and infrastructure.