Gov’t to limit allocations for mercantile Linden highway lands


Lands along the Linden/ Soesdyke highway are in high demand and the government will soon limit allocations there, President Dr. Irfaan Ali said on Wednesday.

The Head of State told a gathering of land surveyors that the country is undergoing a period of rapid transformation, making their skills all the more crucial in the country.

One development that has evidenced the rapid development of Guyana, he said, is the significant demand for lands alongside the 45-mile-long Linden/ Soesdyke highway.

“We have to now rethink the allocation of land on the Linden/ Soesdyke highway because the application is outstripping the supply.

“… and very soon we will have to come up with a national policy on a maximum limit of allocations on the highway otherwise we will be in tremendous difficulties moving forward,” the President told the land surveyors.

President Irfaan Ali and the newly sworn-in surveyors: Elijah Persaud, Royston Washington, Tedwin Roach, Mark Nicholson and Terron Roberts. [Photo: Office of the President/ August 10, 2022]
Lands on this highway are managed by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC). They are being sought for various purposes including new housing development, agricultural projects, and other profit-oriented ventures.

A new secondary city, Silica City, will also be constructed in the hilly, sand and clay region just near the highway. It has already been announced that more than 3,000 acres of land will be in the city’s first phase of development.

And President Ali said that developments along the highway signal the gradual shift towards occupying new areas in Guyana- as opposed to concentrating development in Georgetown or the wider Region Four (Demerara- Mahaica).

With the development of lands in other under-surveyed areas, President Ali called on land surveyors to diligently execute their work so that people are not disadvantaged later.

To help with the development of land surveyors in Guyana, the President also announced that the government aims to create a land surveying institution in this country that will provide services to the entire Caribbean and Latin America.

He explained that Guyana’s oil revenues are expected to fund this effort.

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