Over $600M to be spent on roads in Linden

The Ministry of Public Works will soon be rolling out a massive infrastructural development programme in Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice), that will see a number of roads being upgraded Linden at an estimated cost of over $600 million. 

Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, M.P conducted an inspection of the roads to be done in Industrial Area, Kara Kara, Amelia’s Ward, Silver City and Block 22, on Tuesday.

Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, M.P inspecting a section of the road to be done in Amelia’s ward, Linden, Region Ten

He was accompanied by Regional Executive Officer (REO), Dwight John and a team of engineers from the ministry.

Minister Edghill explained that the interventions are as a result of representations made by residents during Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo’s outreach in Linden last month.

Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, M.P interacting with a resident of Linden, Region Ten in the presence of Regional Executive Officer (REO), Dwight John.

“…So, I’ve have gone myself to see the state of the roads and the fact of the matter is the state of the roads in Region 10 is horrible because it’s clear no proper maintenance and rehabilitation was done over the last period, so things have gotten worse,” he noted.

The minister said the tendering process for the projects will commence shortly, after which works will commence.

Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, M.P interacting with a resident of Linden, Region Ten.

Additionally, Minister Edghill said the ministry is finalising the programme for sub-district two – Kwakwani, Hururu and Landersville and sub-district one- Wismar and Mackenzie, as well as the road to Muritaro, and Malali, among others.

In the case of the internal roads in Kwakwani, the minister noted that the minimum that has to be spent on that is $200 million. Those works will be done as part of the ministry’s 2022 hinterland work programme.

This year, the sum of $76.7 billion was budgeted in the national budget to improve roads and bridges countrywide.

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