More progress reported on city enhancement programme
Guyana Chronicle
January 25, 2007

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MORE progress has been reported on the enhancement programme for Georgetown recently launched by the government.

The Government Information Agency (GINA) said it is progressing on target, with sections of potholed Princes, Leopold, Smyth, Hadfield and Sussex streets being resurfaced.

The work, being done by the Ministry of Public Works and Communications and the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), is scheduled for completion at weekend, GINA said.

It is being funded with the $200M allocated by the government, in 2006, for the M&CC to execute the project and, presently, clearing and shaping of road verges and drains are ongoing at Mandela Avenue and from Vlissengen Road in the city to Ogle, East Coast Demerara, GINA said.

The agency said works are ongoing, too, along the access road to the Ogle aerodrome, on the East Coast Demerara and in Queenstown, Cummings Street, Vlissengen Road and Kingston, all in the capital.

GINA said the undertaking to enhance Georgetown has intensified with more projects being initiated in various areas, under the supervision of a special committee that includes representatives of the government and the private sector.

Presently, GINA said, there is 24-hour garbage collection and disposal at the Bourda Market while efforts are under way to upgrade Stabroek Market, from where obstructive structures are being removed.

Additionally, the five avenues in East, Thomas, Waterloo, Carmichael and Main Streets are being improved. Their surfaces have been raised above flood level and roadside drainage is being made better.

Upgrading is also to be done at the National Zoological Park, GINA said.

Meanwhile, it noted, another initiative entails installing about 50 traffic lights through a Guyana Government project, with support from the Indian Government.

The lights will be installed at the junctions of Camp and Lamaha streets, Vlissengen Road and Homestretch Avenue, Church and Main streets and at the junctions of Courida Park and the East Coast Demerara highway and the East Bank Demerara highway and Eccles access road.

GINA said, during last year, the administration made about $700M available to improve Georgetown streets under separate allocations to the Ministry of Public Works and Communications, the Urban Development Programme and the M&CC.

With that funding, roads in Rasville, Albouystown, South Ruimveldt Gardens, Charlestown, West La Penitence, Castello Housing Scheme, Agricola, Meadow Bank and Lamaha Park are targeted for improvement, GINA said.