(GuyanaChronicle)AS the government continues to stand firm on its promise to not only modernise but expand Guyana’s infrastructure, efforts to complete the four-lane highway from Eccles to Great Diamond are progressing smoothly.
This was according to the Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal in an exclusive interview with the Guyana Chronicle.
Minister Croal said despite the previous obstacles hindering the construction of the highly anticipated highway, the government is on track with the project to improve the lives of thousands of Guyanese.
The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had included the four-lane highway from Georgetown to Timehri (CJIA) in its 2020-2025 manifesto under the heading, “Infrastructure Boom: Building for the Future.”
The party gave its commitment that it will revolutionise the outdated infrastructure in Guyana and initiate work on several transformative infrastructural projects, all in order to provide a flourishing economy.
According to Minister Croal, the government is also working towards a March 31 completion for the Eccles Industrial Site Access Road project also known as the “dumpsite road.”
The minister further said that Lot Two, the small portion continuing from Lot One, is the only delay that it is expected. However, Croal related that this is just a minor challenge and will not hinder any progress.
The Industrial Site Access Road leads to the industrial area, Providence and other housing developments.
It is also part of one of the main connectivity for the Ogle, East Coast Demerara to Eccles, East Bank Demerara roads being executed through the Public Works Ministry.
This year, $54 billion was allocated to the housing sector for major infrastructural works, of which $7.3 billion will go towards the continuation of the highways at Eccles to Diamond, as well as an additional $5.4 billion for the Schoonord to Crane Road.
The minister informed the public that both projects are expected to be completed by the middle of 2023 and 2024, respectively.
Those investments in infrastructure will significantly improve the transportation network in Guyana and will play a critical role in driving economic growth and job creation in the country. (DPI)