Chief Roads and Bridges Officer of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Ron Rahaman said the new three-kilometer access road leading to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) will be completed within the first quarter of 2017.
Rahaman was at the time answering questions raised about the road before the Public Accounts Committee, today. He explained that to date, the project is 98 per cent complete. Rahaman said the removal of a Guyana Telephone Telegraph (GTT) utility pole at the Timehri Police Station is what has held back the project.
Chief Roads and Bridges Officer, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Ron Rahaman
“All the works except for this removal of the pole (belonging to GTT) and some minor pavements are expected to be done. The contractor completed all the rest of work in the last week of December 2016 to the first week in January,” Rahaman explained.
Rahaman noted that GTT has since given consent to remove the pole, but the contractor has to pay the company for the removal. “GTT sent an invoice with the amount to remove the pole and we have written the contractor last year to make the payment, however, the contractor has not paid yet, so we will be having a meeting to discuss further,” Rahaman said.
The Chief Roads and Bridges Officer indicated that a meeting will be held with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Balraj Balram and the contractor to have the issue resolved so that the project could see 100 percent completion within the first quarter.
In 2011, a contract for the sum of US$3M was signed for the work on the new access road.