More funds to complete Linden & Berbice synthetic tracks – Pres. Ali
The construction of the synthetic track and field facilities at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground in Wismar, Linden and Burnham Park, New Amsterdam, Berbice will soon be completed, President Dr. Irfaan Ali has said.
The Head of State, speaking at an Emancipation Day celebration in New Amsterdam on Monday, said that works at the much-needed facilities were long-delayed.
He, however, underscored that his administration was intent on completing the facilities so that young people in Regions Six (East Berbice- Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) could benefit.
“Before the end of this year- we’ve already met for the supplementary (funds)- you will see, at both tracks, work commencing to give you a final product that you deserve,” the President told the Berbice gathering.
In October 2018, BK International Inc. was awarded the contract for the Region Six track, to be built at Burnham Park to the tune of approximately $141 million. Builders Hardware and General Supplies was given the nod for the facility at Bayroc Community Centre ground to the tune of $179 million.
There were 14 tenders for the Region Six project and 12 for Region 10.
Currently, there is only one synthetic track in Guyana, located at Leonora, West Coast Demerara.
President Ali also reminded the Berbice gathering of his government’s plan to construct a new international stadium in Region Six. It was previously noted that this new stadium would be built at Palmyra.
With the stadium and synthetic track, sport development in the Ancient County is expected to be boosted significantly.