Two years later, repairs still incomplete at Leguan stelling


During a visit to Leguan, Region Three on Thursday, Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill, expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of works currently being executed on the long-awaited Leguan stelling.

A statement from the ministry noted that a final decision will be made by Friday concerning the revised work plan of the contractor, Maraj Contracting Services since the project should have been completed approximately two years ago; the contract was awarded in September 2018.

It was further revealed by the project engineer, Obrey Walcott, that the contractor has not been on the project site for almost a week.  Works at the stelling recommenced in August last year, after being stalled for about three months.

The former APNU+AFC government had commenced emergency works to the tune of $413 million after a section of the stelling collapsed in December 2019.

Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill meeting with residents at Leguan Stelling (Photo: Ministry of Public Works/February 18, 2021)

Meanwhile, the 2019 Auditor General report found that the former government made payments in excess of $145 million for works, but it was never completed.

Moreover, as of January 2020, payments totaling $199.4 million were made on the contract.  Additionally, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Transport and Harbours Department, Rosalinda Rasul also stated that the project should have been completed a long time ago.

Rasul then assured the residents that she and the other directors will revisit the revised scope of work so as to get the work completed in the shortest possible of time.

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