Japan to help with city drainage – Greenidge

Stabroek News
January 13, 2016

Japan will be providing assistance to improve the drainage of the capital city, Georgetown.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Second Vice President, Carl Greenidge in a recent interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), said that the proposal from Japan will contribute to the reduction of flooding in Georgetown.

"...It now brings in additional resources and skills from Japan...as part of that mechanism we will put together the existing programmes to which other bilaterals may have been contributing," Greenidge said.

The project will see the Ministry of Agriculture, its National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, the Municipality and Central Georgetown being brought together within a single framework for a coherent plan to treat the problem of the city's constant flooding.

"The physical work is perhaps the last stage because they now have to devise this plan, draw up plans, then integrate them ...before construction commences...that dimension is already on the way...in the case of the next 18 months or so the results of a number of these can be seen," Greenidge said.

Japan has also provided assistance to the East Demerara Water Conservancy to help ease the flood threat posed by it.