Over $63M in contracts awarded for construction of Indian Monument

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The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has announced that the construction of the supporting infrastructure for the Indian Immigration Monument located at Palmyra Village, Corentyne, Region 6 will commence on August 14, 2018, and is expected for completion by October 31, 2018.

The monument came crashing down in April of 2017, hours after workers complained of not being paid for work they did in February 2017; it was being built by M.S Collin Mathis and Associates.

The monument was gifted to the Government of Guyana by the Government of the Republic of India as a symbol of cultural and historical celebration.

After its collapse, the Indian Government requested a report and they offered to send the Architect, a Sculptor, and an Engineer to build it.

A statement from the Ministry on Friday noted that the project entails the construction of the monument base and podium, as well as peripheral components including the walkway, landscaping details, internal drainage, roadway, lighting, visitor’s gallery, security hut and fencing.

The scope of works for the project is sub divided into eight lots and are as follows:

* Lot 1- Construction of Monument Foundation, Base and Podium

* Lot 2- Construction of Roadway, Internal Drains, Perimeter Walkway and Parking Area

* Lot 3- Construction of Fencing and Internal Walkway

* Lot 4- Construction of Visitor’s Gallery and Security Hut

* Lot 5 – Supply and Installation of Concrete Pavers (Roadway and Parking Lot)

* Lot 6 – Supply and Installation of Concrete Pavers (Perimeter Walkway and Internal Landscaping

* Lot 7 – Civil Works Supervision of Services for the Indian Arrival Monument at Palmyra, Region #6

* Lot 8 – Preparation of Internal and External Landscaping

It was noted that to date, two contracts have since been awarded to local companies for Lots 1 and 2 by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board.

Lot 1 has been awarded to Raffik & Sons General Building Contractors for a sum of G$28,643,897 while Lot 2 has been awarded to A&A Engineering Services for a sum of G$34,867,217.

The Ministry noted that the contracts for the outstanding lots shall be awarded by the end of the third quarter of 2018 as works are ongoing.

“This 12×12 monument is sculpted in bronze and is a visual representation of ordinary Indian people in routine everyday life with each bearing a significant artifact as an ode to the continued traditions brought by forefathers from India translated to current livelihood and practices by Guyanese today,” the Ministry of Public Infrastructure stated.

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