Utility companies deny stalling BK’s East Bank expansion works

-GT&T says contractor caused critical damage at sensitive locations

Guyana Water Incorporat-ed (GWI) and Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) both say they are not responsible for the slow work on Lot 3 of the East Bank four-lane expansion project as is being claimed by contractor BK International.

BK yesterday maintained that pipelines and telephone cables that are still to be removed have delayed the expansion works, while saying that its loss as a result stands at $50 million. The company yesterday called on the Public Works Ministry to ensure that the infrastructure for the utilities are removed immediately, to avoid damage, the inconveniencing of citizens and to ensure the completion of the work.

Both utility companies, in separate statements on the stalled works, claim to have cooperated fully with BK, and are alleging that the contracting firm is the party which has dishonoured agreements, interrupted services to customers, and failed to pay utility-relocation costs and the costs associated with damages caused to their facilities.

On Monday, BK took members of the media on a tour of its section of the expansion project, during which it blamed GWI and GT&T for stalling its progress. According to Project Manager Julian Archer, who is supervising work on Lot 3, which stretches from Providence to Diamond, BK has experienced numerous problems …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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