$286M new Charity Market to be constructed
Months after sections of the Charity Market on the Essequibo Coast were destroyed by a massive fire, a new facility will be constructed at a cost of $286 million.
The announcement was made on Wednesday by Minister within the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Anand Persaud during a meeting with vendors and residents in the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) community.
During the meeting, the minister and his team outlined a plan for the relocation of vendors. Construction is slated to commence soon with works expected to span approximately two months.
The selected contractor, Builders Hardware and General Supplies construction, has already mobilised a team to commence the construction of a resilient steel frame structure. The new market is poised to span an expansive 152 by 164 feet.
Vendors present at the meeting were given a platform to voice their concerns and engage in the dialogue surrounding the relocation process.
An electrical fire in early July, destroyed 25 stalls at the market; the Guyana Police Force said its ranks who were the first responders observed that sparks and smoke were coming from an electrical meter.