More people hired as Trinidad’s Kallco resumes work on Conversation Tree road


Workers from Trinidad and Guyana were hired and additional equipment have been sourced as Trinidadian company Kallco Guyana Inc. resumes work on the Conversation Tree to Dennis Street, Georgetown road.

Kallco Guyana Inc. was flagged for poor performance in July this year after Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill inspected the project.

Asked for an update on the sidelines of an event on Tuesday, Edghill told the News Room that he engaged the principals of the company. They had to provide a detailed plan on how they will get the works done in keeping with the project deadline.

“The principals of Kallco came and we engaged them or they engaged with us and we made certain agreements. They have engaged Guyanese sub-contractors to specific aspects of the work so that they are multiple things being done at the same time to move the project along,” Edghill said.

“My engineers who are supervising the project have indicated that maybe about 90 plus percent of what they said they will do, they are doing. They had to bring in additional resources from Trinidad in terms of personnel, they had to hire more people here in Guyana, put additional equipment on site,” Edghill added.

According to Edghill, the company also asked to be removed from being a non-performing contractor on the project.

“They have asked for the opportunity to deliver it (the project). They have asked to being removed from being non-performing to performing and they have shown how they intend to do that. We have made it very clear we are not playing with the project. You have a signed contract. Execute it in keeping with the clauses and conditions of the contract,” Edghill declared.

“If they do what they are told and what they agreed to we will get substantial completion by the time the contract date arrive,” he said.

The Conversation Tree to Dennis Street, Georgetown road widening project, which is valued at $1.8 billion, is also being executed by S. Jagmohan Construction and General Supplies.

At the time of the inspection, while 65 percent of the project timeline had already passed, only 25 percent of work was completed.

As such, Edghill had urged the contractors to “pick up pace” so that they can meet the project deadline.

Works on the project include a double-lane carriageway on the reserve south of Delhi Street, the implementation of concrete revetments between the East Coast highway and Railway embankment and the construction of large concrete bridges to establish a connection to Dennis Street.

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