The design for a rehabilitated Stabroek wharf is currently being finalised, according to Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, who says the project will be going for tender later this year.
Speaking to Stabroek News on Sunday, Patterson said after the design for the wharf is finalised, bids would be invited for the construction in October. Afterward, he added, construction would possibly start in early 2019.
In 2016, Stabroek News had reported that the project would be funded through the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF), which had allocated £53.2 million (around $16 billion) to Guyana.
The waterfront and port development projects at the Stabroek Market are estimated to cost some US$4.96 million, according to information that had been previously provided by Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson.
Georgetown’s Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green had announced that works were expected begin in the first quarter of 2018. This did not materialise.
In addition, the city is still to draft a plan relocate the vendors and minibus operators to facilitate the construction.
Chase-Green had noted that they would need to find spots for their relocation.
Sections of the roof of the wharf collapsed in September, 2014, and March, 2015, but vendors have continued to ply their trade, despite the potential danger.