M&CC conducts media tour of major ongoing projects
DPI, Guyana, Friday, February 16, 2018
The Mayor and City Council’s (M&CC) Department of Engineering gave media operatives a first-hand look today at some of the ongoing works on major projects in the city.
These projects included the renovation of the Kitty Market, the restoration of the Le Repentir Cemetery and renovations to the Solid Waste Management office located on Princes Street. Heading the entourage was Assistant City Engineer, Rashed Kellman.
The first stop on the tour was the Kitty Market, where Kellman indicated that the project is in the phase of constructing external stalls on the eastern side of the facility. “This is to facilitate the fruits and vegetable vendors, who are over there (obliquely opposite) right now.”
The city engineer detailed that this phase will see the completion of 15 external stalls along with three sanitary blocks at the back of the market.
“This is to create an environmentally friendly market (so) people can feel more comfortable when they shop.”
This aspect of the project is currently being undertaken by contractor Baynard Lord of BML Architects and Engineers.
This project is being supervised by the M&CC and supported financially by the Ministry of Communities. The completion of external stalls and sanitary block costs $25M. The overall rehabilitation, of the Kitty Market into a shopping complex, is approximately 70 percent complete.
When finished, the ground floor will serve as the main shopping complex while the upper flat will facilitate the Kitty Health Centre, offices for the M&CC and Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Moreover, the entire structure will house 80 business stalls.
Meanwhile, the tour continued on to the Le Repentir Cemetery where Kellman noted that the ongoing restoration project entails “clearing of all entrances and exits, desilting of drains, weeding tomb areas, grading parapet shoulders”.
The city engineer added that there are plans to open cemetery roads, install gates, street lights and a new fence. There is also a proposal to create more burial space.
Overall, this ongoing phase of cemetery restoration, according to Kellman, amounts to more than $100M. The engineer said that a major challenge is residents dumping solid waste in different parts of the cemetery. “We asking residents to desist from this because it puts a burden on us.”
The media personnel also viewed the ongoing renovations at the Solid Waste Management office on Princes Street. Upgrades include plumbing and electrical installation, the rebuilding of offices spaces and re-installation of windows.
“Hoping all goes well, this will be done in another three to four weeks,” Kellman explained. The cost of these renovations is $10M.
By: Delicia Haynes