Com­mu­ni­ties Min­istry help­ing to com­plete Kitty Mar­ket over­haul

Stabroek News Sunday - - WORLD NEWS -

The Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ties is as­sist­ing the Mayor and City Coun­cil (M&CC) with the com­ple­tion of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Kitty Mar­ket.

The works on the mar­ket, which were ini­ti­ated in Fe­bru­ary, 2016, have been stalled for months due to the M&CC be­ing un­able to source fi­nances.

How­ever, the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ties, in an ad in last Thurs­day’s Stabroek News, in­vited bids for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Kitty Mar­ket.

M&CC spokes­woman De­bra Lewis ex­plained to Stabroek News that the coun­cil had writ­ten to the min­istry ask­ing for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to com­plete the project. She noted that the coun­cil is hop­ing that the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works would be com­pleted by the end of 2017, given the as­sis­tance from the min­istry.

The dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of bids is Novem­ber 21. All bids are to be sub­mit­ted to the Na­tional Pro­cure­ment and Tender Ad­min­is­tra­tion Board at Main and Urquhart streets, Ge­orge­town.

City Coun­cil of­fi­cials had pre­vi­ously said that 70% of phase one of the project has been com­pleted and that the re­main­ing 30% would en­tail the in­stal­la­tion of elec­tri­cal wiring, air con­di­tion­ing units, and other works. Work­ers had already started con­struc­tion stalls but had to cease work af­ter the coun­cil ran out of money for the project.

Re­cently, ven­dors, who have been dis­placed dur­ing the pro­tracted re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works, voiced their skep­ti­cism about the project be­ing com­pleted this year.

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