Cabinet approves $809M for drainage projects

Over $809M has been approved for the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) to execute critical drainage works, a Ministry of Agriculture press release said yesterday.

Over $329M has  been approved for the procurement of a Suction Cutter Head Dredge for the NDIA. This contract was awarded to the Guyana National Industrial Company Incorporated.

“The dredge will be used to execute major works to de-silt outfall channels which is critical during the rainy season….” Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder said in the release.

Farmers and residents of Region Two will also benefit from the installation of a pump to assist in their drainage and irrigation challenges.

The contract which was awarded to Samaroo’s Investment at a cost of approximately $103M will see the installation of the drainage pump and the rehabilitation of the existing building at Three Friends, Essequibo, Region Two.

In addition, residents of Buxton, Region 4 will benefit from a new and improved pump station. The $376M contract which was awarded to General Engineering Supplies and Services Inc. will allow for efficient drainage in the Buxton/Friendship area.

The release added that government has been working with the regional bodies to ensure that critical works are executed and in a timely manner.  To this end, $234M has been awarded to the NDIA to cover capital and current expenditure.

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