ECD 4-lane expansion 35% complete

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry is holding onto hopes of completing the four-lane East Coast Demerara (ECD) road expansion by September 2019; assuring that a supervisory firm is on site ensuring ethical and environmental standards are maintained.Acknowledging the concerns, the Ministry pointed out that much of the work for the four-lane section will be completed by December 2018. The Ministry revealed that a safety and environment audit was done only a few days ago.There, it was noted that pressing issues affecting residents were logged. In addition, the contractor was given a one-week deadline to remedy them… though they did not say exactly what these issues were.It was explained, however, that the problem of dust was tackled through the introduction of three water trucks. These trucks are charged with wetting the road seven times per day, a popular tactic to prevent dust pollution.The Ministry noted that another intervention involved the use of flagmen to regulate the flow of traffic. It was related that more are being trained. Claims that traffic involves two-hour waits were denied by the Ministry, who claimed that the maximum commuters have to wait is 20 minutes.“One of the interventions which has been implemented is for more trained flagmen to be used to regulate the flow of traffic while materials are being offloaded on site. Thus, trucks will not offload materials during the peak period in the mornings and afternoons. The Ministry is not cognisant of the fact that drivers are waiting more than two hours in traffic. We are aware of commuters having to wait 15 to 20 minutes the most.”“The speed limit in the construction zone is 20km per hour, which should be understandable since major road works are being done. Therefore, in order to have commuters out of the construction zone as quickly as possible and to alleviate the build-up in traffic, the contractor has begun training more flagmen.”Meanwhile, it was revealed that an international consultant, Sheladia Associates, was contracted to supervise the project. Approximately 20 specialised technicians, according to the Ministry, are on site on a daily basis to monitor the works.The defects liability period – once the US$50 million project is completed – will be one year. The project was awarded to China Railway First Group Company, after Guyana received a US$45 million concessional loan from the China EXIM bank to finance it.This component of the project entails a total length of 16.998 kilometres of roads and 33.996 kilometres of drains to be built. It also includes the construction of seven bridges and the extension of 12 culverts. A median along with streetlights will be placed in the centre of the four lanes.As of August, it was explained that the bridges were approximately 35 per cent complete, with works having commenced on four of them; and of the 12 culverts, works are being carried out on the fourth culvert, which brings this aspect of the works to about 25 per cent completed.The concrete drains were about 90 per cent completed, while the revetment and retaining walls – a total of 190 metres primarily at the Triumph Sluice – were about 60 per cent completed. With regards to the road work, 95 per cent of the extension was completed.last_img read more

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Police using inter-agency approach to tackle carjackings

first_imgIn light of the increased incidence of carjackings, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has announced that it is embarking on an inter-agency approach to crack down on the crime, which has seen a spike in the past several months.Acting Crime Chief, Paul WilliamsThis was announced at GPF Headquarters at Eve Leary, Georgetown, where the public was updated on plans for increased security during the holiday season.Over the past several months, bandits have been pouncing on motorists, especially those operating Toyota Allion and Toyota Premio motor cars, and often times, the motor vehicles are swiftly transported to various locations to be either stripped or overhauled. It was suggested that with the recent Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) restrictions on older models of vehicles, it is likely the bandits are stealing the cars for parts, the reason that many of the cars could never be recovered.It was further related that certain auto-body repair shops are under the watchful eyes of investigators as some of these businesses are believed to be facilitating the criminal enterprise, with some even “cutting the cars”.Police are, however, intensifying their campaign to stop the criminal activity. Acting Crime Chief Paul Williams, during the press conference, said that from the evidence obtained, carjacking gangs roam around looking for opportunities to pounce on unsuspecting drivers.“These guys are just moving around scouting and as they see the opportunity where the person is being vulnerable, they decide to take the chance,” the acting Crime Chief observed.As part of efforts to foil carjackings, Williams on Friday last met with all divisional detective officers and other senior Police Officers to iron out plans to nab the perpetrators.Guyana Times understands that Police have approached certain mechanic shops with the hope of finding the hijacked vehicles, but have come across stumbling blocks. It is on this note, the multi-agency approach was conceptualised and more so, investigators will be armed with the tools and information on specifications to recover stolen cars.It was in June that Police issued an advisory to taxi operators plying routes into and out of Georgetown to beware of carjackers hiring cars under the pretext of wanting taxis. However, the perpetrators have since upped the ante, and are now going directly to owners, attacking them and stealing their vehicles.Just over a week ago, two persons attached to Guyana Times were relieved of their motor cars by gunmen – one on the Kitty Seawall and the other, 66-year-old columnist Rhyaan Shaw, in front of her home.On October 16, 24-year-old Ryan Seecharran, of Third Street, Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD), who was on trial for a hit-and-run charge, had said that after he had just returned home, some time after 19:00h, two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, appeared out of nowhere, and demanded money they claimed was owed to them. They stole his silver grey Premio, PVV 4911, motor car.last_img read more

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