Contract Signed To Relieve Region Four Residents
A multi –million dollar contract was on Wednesday signed by the Guyana government to address the problem of flooding along the country’s Coast.
The US $2.7 Million dollar deal was signed over to two overseas based consultancy firms CEMCO and Mott McDonald Ltd to carry out a series of study on the East Demerara Water Conservancy and identify possible long term strategies that will hopefully address the problem. The project which is funded by a grant from the World Bank is a 24 month contract.
During a brief signing ceremony, Senior Engineer within the Ministry of Agriculture Freddie Flats said that for the last 30 years there has not been a comprehensive study of the conservancy.
Disclosing that the conservancy is now some 125 years old, he added that the study will look at several problems being encountered at the moment.
And while expressing their willingness to undertake the project, one of the consultants indicated that not only is the conservancy a problem but drainage too- another issue that will have to be studied.
Over the years, residents along the coast have been severely affected by flooding. According to Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud, the study is timely despite the criticisms, and the administration eagerly awaits the findings so that it can put better measures in place to mitigate flooding, especially in region four.