Mash Day vending spots available

─ M&CC aims to implement similar clean-up strategy as 2018

DPI, Guyana, Monday, February 4, 2019

The Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), once again will be arranging the sale of vending spots along the ‘Mash Route’ as preparation for the 2019 Mashramani Costume and Float parade gets underway.

This year, the Mashramani route will commence from Carifesta and Camp Street proceed east along the northern carriageway of Carifesta Avenue, turn south onto Vlissengen Road, continue south and then proceed east into D’Urban Park.

Deputy Director of Solid Waste Management, Floyd Rollins

Solid Waste Management, Deputy Director Floyd Rollins told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that based on the route, the council has identified areas for vending such as the southern carriageway of Carifesta Avenue along Irving Street from Church Street to Carifesta Avenue, as well as the Square of the Revolution in D’urban Park.

“We are already in the process of the marking down the spots for vending, so we are asking persons interested in vending to go out and identify a spot they are comfortable with, come into Mayor and City Council, make the payments at the Treasury Department and send in their duplicate receipt,” he explained.

According to Rollins, the spots will be 10 feet by 10 feet, and prices will vary from $10,000 to $25,000 depending on the location. “On Carifesta Avenue it is $10,000 for the spots, Carifesta to Sandy Babb Street is also $10,000, Sandy Babb Street to Lamaha Street is $12,000, Lamaha Street to Church Street is $15,000 while Square of the Revolution is $25,000 and Durban Park is $15,000,” Rollins said.

Interested persons are being asked to visit the areas mentioned and select a location at the earliest date before all the vending spots are taken up.

Rollins also highlighted that the northern carriageway of Carifesta Avenue, Vlissengen Road from Carifesta Avenue to Hadfield Street, Homestretch Avenue and Hadfield Street would be prohibited from vending, picnicking and parking on the Mashramani Day.

The council is currently in talks with the Ministry of Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport regarding the clean-up process of the Mashramani route.

“As we did last year, we would like to repeat that this year. So, as the last float moves off, we would like to have our garbage trucks cleaning the route and the next morning revisit the area and whatever solid waste remains will be removed,” Rollins said.

He also urged vendors and spectators to make use of the waste receptacles and to pick up after themselves.

Neola Damon

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