Public Infrastructure Ministry rejects false claims about East Coast Road Expansion Project

− ministry remains confident that China Railway Construction Corporation will meet deadline

− quality standards, safety measures and environmental regulations being followed

− commuters advised to follow 20 KM/h speed limit in construction zone from Better Hope to Belfield, ECD

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has addressed concerns regarding a letter to the editor, published in the Sunday, September 30, edition of the Kaieteur Newspaper titled “The Infrastructure Ministry has missed the point on the East Coast road”.

The ministry said the letter is misleading to inform the general public that this project is a major indictment and requires a stalwart effort by the regulatory agencies to enforce the applicable regulations when an average of twenty specialized technicians are on site daily to observe and monitor the works of the project.

The technicians ensure that all quality standards, safety measures and environmental regulations are adhered to.

Additionally, the ministry noted that the dust issue has been remedied with three water trucks wetting the road seven times per day.

Further, approximately one hundred and twenty-five directional signs and reflectors will be installed before Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Noteworthy, over the past two weeks, the ministry along with the contractor has been collaborating with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to have free-flowing traffic, especially during peak hours.

The ministry says it remains confident that the China Railway Construction Corporation has the capacity and capabilities to execute the road project within its scheduled time and simultaneously adhering to all other regulations for the safety.

The Public Infrastructure Ministry has also urged the writer to conduct background research before making “wild fallacious arguments.”

Commuters are being advised to remain within the regulated twenty kilometres per hour in the construction zone from Better Hope to Belfield, East Coast Demerara.

The ministry is assuring the general public that all measures are being put in place to avoid inconvenience.

Stacy Carmichael

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