UG mulls paid, elevated parking
The University of Guyana is looking to implement paid parking, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor, Ivelaw Griffith said today,
He was at the time addressing the opening of the University’s exhibition in observance of Occupation Safety & Health month.
During a subsequent interview with the News Room, the Vice Chancellor explained that the population at the campus has outgrown the space.
“It’s a challenge that we have neglected to manage as the University grew without the commensurate growth of parking, without commensurate growth of classroom space. Over the last two years, I’ve been pushing to enhance the facilities,” he said.
Professor Griffith said a public-private partnership is being considered to construct an elevated parking for which persons will be required to pay in order to settle the expense.
“Parking is one those things if you try to come here after 4 O’ Clock any afternoon or on Saturdays –so it will be how can we help alleviate that. We’re going to need to move up and we’re going to need to do that on the basis of a public-private partnership which means to recover the money, you have to get that investment for the construction and maintenance,” the Vice-Chancellor explained.
The Vice-Chancellor said consideration is also being given to expanding the University campus and areas on the East Coast and East Bank of Demerara are being looked at in partnership with the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission.
This is important he said as the University continues to increase its programmes to cater for the developing oil and gas industry.
The Turkeyen campus approximately has 51 buildings currently.