Road upgrades at Kilcoy/Chesney and Experiment Housing Scheme welcomed

─ CH&PA inspects works in Berbice; satisfied with rehabilitated projects 

DPI, Guyana, Friday, September 13, 2019

A team from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) visited the communities of Kilcoy/Chesney, off the Corentyne Coast (Region 6) and Experiment Village in West Coast of Berbice (WCB), to conduct inspections on rehabilitated roads on September 12.

The projects, executed at the two locations, were facilitated by the CH&PA and have created a smooth thoroughfare for residents and commuters to travel.

A resident for four years, Yogistra Anderson, told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the improved road has benefited over 300 households. He said the previous road was in a deplorable state and created challenges for persons who would traverse the street daily. “I never wanted to drive down this road with my car before its current condition, because the holes on the road were big and used to damage the bottom of vehicles.”

Stephen Fraser said he has been occupying a plot of land at Kilcoy/Chesney since December 2018. He recalled, “my car suffered terrible damage because of the mud whenever it rained… to see this major development with paved roads, it is the best thing I think could have ever happened for the residents here,” a satisfied Fraser stated.

Over at the Experiment Housing Scheme, Beekram Khublall did not hesitate to express his satisfaction of being alive to see the construction of a new road, which he deemed as “helpful.” Khublall said “car never used to bring in residents because of the condition of the street, but now it is helpful. Residents through here don’t have to fetch in their goods, car driving whoop! Straight to your gate… it’s way better now,” he said happily.

Road upgrades at Kilcoy/Chesney began on May 23 and concluded on August 2. According to the Civil Engineer attached to the CH&PA, Tejwattie Roopchand, approximately 461 x 5.5m of the road was rehabilitated and was completed at the cost of $26M. Annirud Ramcharitar Contracting Firm manned the project.

Roopchand also disclosed that about $25M was expended to complete five major roads in the Experiment Housing Scheme. This project, she explained, which started the same time as the Kilcoy/Chesney project, received its final touches on June 27, by the Shereaz Bacchus General Contractor Company.

Roopchand further highlighted that the two contracting companies were tasked to grade and shape the existing roads; excavating the fail areas and reconstructing same. The pathways received crusher run and asphaltic concrete surface at in final phase.

Housing opportunities at Experiment

Public Relations Officer (PRO) for CH&PA, Iva Wharton highlighted that approximately ten houses – from the twenty which was constructed by the Housing Authority, are still available for ownership in the Experiment Housing Scheme. The units are a combination of elevated and flat two and three bedrooms. She disclosed that the elevated homes are being sold at the cost of $7M, while the two-and-three-bedroom flat houses can be purchased at the cost of $6M and $8.5M respectively.

Additionally, the PRO said the house contains bedrooms, bath, kitchen area along with space for dining and a balcony each. Persons interested can make contact the CH&PA for further details.


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