German company awarded contract for Synthetic Track at NA
The contract for the construction of a spanking synthetic track at Burnham Park in New Amsterdam (NA) has been awarded to German company – BSW Regupol – and the first two phases of construction are expected to be done before the end of the year. The contract amounts to US$25,150 and has been approved by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board.
This is according to Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr George Norton, who made the announcement during a visit to the ground in Berbice on Monday, October 02. He explained that $500M has been set aside for the construction of two synthetic tracks, with one at Burnham Park, however, he did not reveal the location of the other track.
According to Dr Norton, some $164M has been allotted in the budget for Ground Enhancement Programme. The Minister urged the stakeholders who were present to ensure that the facility is maintained after completion.
“This is an initiative for the development for the community in the region and of course the nation as a whole and the benefits will go towards the athletics in particular sports overall with the provision of employment during and after the completion of this project. Given the investment, the returns will be significant and long-lasting improving all associated organization meeting strategic goals of enhancement,” Dr Norton said.
Technical Officer at the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Natasha Singh Lewis who was part of the visiting delegation, disclosed that consultants are expected to provide a design for the project and implementation will begin next year.
Officials from the Regional Democratic Council and the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council have expressed gratitude towards the Government for ensuring that the synthetic becomes a reality. (Royan Abrams)