More developments coming for Region 10
–waterfront project in tendering stage -Min Edghill
Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, MP, said the multimillion – dollar waterfront development project for the McKenzie and Wismar shores in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is currently in the bidding process.
The projects will see a host of benefits including job creation in the township, and the expansion of the mining town’s river and eco-tourism potential.
“We are at the stage of tendering for the award of contracts for the waterfront development, both on the McKenzie shore and the Wismar shore phase one,” the minister said at arecent event in the township.
A total of $30 million is expected to be expended in the first phase of the project.
Since taking office, the government has invested heavily in the development of Linden and Region 10 as a whole.
Minister Edghill said the administration is pushing for the construction of the Linden to Lethem Road. The $38 billion or $US190 million, is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Minister Edghill said the government is working to get the contractor engaged on the project and get approval from the CDB.
Once completed, this too, will open up avenues for the region to tap into its tourism potential.
“That is why I am appealing for a mature political culture to ensure that these things happen, and happen speedily for the benefit of all the people,” he said.
In addition, the government has commenced the construction of houses in the township under the Ministry of Housing. The government has ensured that all labour for the construction comes from Linden and all materials are being purchased from businesses in the region.
The move is a deliberate act by the PPP/C Administration to not only create jobs in the town, but also spur economic activity.
“Linden will never be left out. They are part of our plan to bring development to Guyana,” the Minister stated.
Furthermore, the government and MIDAS BPO recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of a call centre in Linden. Over 250 persons are expected to be employed when the centre becomes operational soon.