The Government through Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) on Wednesday awarded contracts to Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited and N. Lachman Business Establishment and Civil Works for the rehabilitation of a bridge and the upgrade of roads in Samatta Point and Fyrish.
The contracts totalling more than $US267, 000. was provided by a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Critical rehabilitation works on the main access bridge and roadways in the Samatta Point East Bank Demerara area will be done by Courtney Benn at a cost of GUY$32,579,812.00.
These works include repairing the bridge, upgrading the road surface to asphaltic concrete, constructing clay shoulders and speed humps and desilting roadside drains.
Meanwhile, residents of Church and Sixth Streets, Fyrish Village, Corentyne will also benefit from a Double Bituminous Surface Treatment (DBST), finished with Sand Seal road network, north of the Corentyne Highway.
N Lachman Business Establishment & Civil Works was awarded the contract to the value of GUY$22,140,000.00 for this project.
Project Manager for BNTF Michael Singh signed both contracts; witnessing on behalf of the government was Finance Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Hector Butts.
Butts in brief remarks, reminded the contractors of Government’s demand for high quality work and efficiency of service. He also assured the contractors that they are welcome to bid for similar as well as the larger infrastructure development projects that Government plans to implement.
The projects were identified by BNTF under its 7th cycle Community Access and Drainage Sector Portfolio and are expected to be completed by May 31 of this year.
The CDB provides financing for social and economic infrastructure such as schools, road and water projects, building more disaster-resistant structures, community skills training and support for small and medium-sized enterprises.
It has engaged the services of CEMCO Inc. to provide architectural and engineering services for the design and supervision of the projects. More than 2500 citizens from the two communities will benefit.