Hotels and hospitals are part of the government’s plan for the first phase of the long-anticipated Silica City, which is set to become Guyana’s second and newest city.
This is according to Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal, who recently told the News Room that the local authorities are advancing works there.
“We have the idea of the first phase because it has to be done in phases,” Croal said, highlighting that there will be more than 3,000 acres of land used in this phase.
And in this first phase of development, several public and private facilities such as hotels and hospitals will be constructed. Croal also said that the area will cater for industrial and commercial activity.
As previously noted, the first phase is expected to feature a golf course and several elaborate houses.
Though the land is being developed, the minister said that the Central Housing and Planning Authority, which falls under the purview of the housing ministry, is engaging the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GLSC) on securing the lands.
Since 2013, the establishment of Silica City has been touted by President Dr. Irfaan Ali, who was the Minister of Housing and Water then. It was highlighted that this city could be located near the Linden/Soesdyke Highway in Guyana’s hilly, sand and clay region.
Since his government was elected in 2020, President Ali and various Ministers of Government have talked up the establishment of this city.
Recently, while engaging investors during a Guyana investment seminar held at the Carlton House in the United Kingdom (UK), the President said that the government hopes to launch this project soon.
Already, developers from Singapore- rated as the best in the business– are helping with the development of the city’s urban plans.