The Ministry of Public Infrastructure today announced that the Government through a loan provided by the Government of India has entered into an agreement for the East Bank – East Coast Road Linkage Project. The project will from Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara to Ogle on the East Coast.
In a statement, the Ministry explained that the new road will serve to reduce the congestion by providing commuters with an alternative route.
Additionally, the new local distributor road will also allow commuters to navigate around the outer limits.
The Ministry said the option around the city would reduce traffic congestion in Georgetown. Travel time between the East Bank of Demerara and Georgetown will be reduced.
The new road will also integrate other local distributor roads on the East Bank Demerara (EBD) with the road network of Georgetown and East Coast Demerara (ECD) corridor, while simultaneously improving the connectivity with the Ogle Airport.
“This is consistent with the Transportation Policy Proposal of the Greater Georgetown Development Plan (2001-2013) aiming to link the road networks on the East Coast Demerara (ECD), East Bank Demerara (EBD) and the Capital City”, the Ministry said.
The project will be completed in three stages.
“Stage 1 – Detailed Project Report Preparation; Stage 2 – Construction Supervision and Stage 3 – Post Construction/ Defects Liability Period. Stage 1 has been awarded to RITES Limited (the Consultant), A Government of India Enterprise for the sum of One Million, Three Hundred and Twenty-One Thousand United States Dollars (US$ 1,321,000). The Final Detailed Project Report is expected to be submitted in April, 2019 with Stage 2 beginning approximately in July, 2019.”
Commencement of Stage 1 began on April 13, 2018 and to date the Consultant has submitted the Inception Report.
Next year, the Consultant will submit the Draft Detailed Project Report in February, 2019, Final Detailed Project Report in April, 2019 and the Bid Documents in May, 2019. Stage 2 – Construction and Supervision will commence in July, 2019.
The Government of Guyana has also approved the Consultancy services for the continuation of this project; i.e. from Diamond to Soesdyke which will also commence in 2019.