Over $2B allocated to continue upgrade of sea, river defences
DPI, GUYANA, Friday, December 8, 2017
The importance of sea and river defences can never be over emphasised since they form part of the integrated system and help to ensure the protection of people, assets, productivity, livelihood and the environment.
Recognising this, the government has allocated over $2B towards the rehabilitation and construction of several sea and river defences across the country.
Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan during his presentation of the 2018 budget noted that this will see the continuation of ongoing works on sea and river defence structures at Ruimzeigt/Waller’s Delight, DeWillem, Grove/Look Out, Pomeroon, Cottage (Mahaicony), and Uitvlugt.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson later explained during the budget debates that the allocated sums of $900M will go towards capital works, $400M for current works and $1.3B will continue the roll-out of interventions under the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) funded Sea and River Defence Resilience Project.
While providing details on the 2017 performance, Minister Patterson stated that as at November 2017, expenditure was $1. 3M of the total capital $1.4M.
During the year projects commenced in areas in Essequibo Coast and Pomeroon, Wakenaam and Leguan Islands, West and East Coast Demerara, West Coast Berbice, East and Corentyne Coast, Berbice, Bartica, Fort Island, Linden and Kwakwani. To date most of these works are completed.
By: Ranetta La Fleur
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