Bids in­vited for Leguan stelling works

Stabroek News - - NEWS -

Works to re­ha­bil­i­tate the Leguan Ferry Stelling are ex­pected to be­gin soon as con­trac­tors were in­vited last week to bid for the project.

Ac­cord­ing to an In­vi­ta­tion for Bids (IFB) that was pub­lished in the Guyana Chron­i­cle last week by the Trans­port and Har­bours De­part­ment (T&HD) of the Min­istry of Public In­fra­struc­ture (MPI), bids are be­ing ac­cepted for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Leguan Ferry Stelling.

The T&HD in­vited sealed bids from el­i­gi­ble and qual­i­fied bid­ders for the project, while not­ing that bid­ding would be con­ducted through the Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive Bid­ding pro­ce­dures spec­i­fied in the Pro­cure­ment Act, and is open to all bid­ders. It fur­ther said bids for the works must be ac­com­pa­nied by a bid se­cu­rity of $6 mil­lion in the form of a man­ager’s cheque from a rep­utable bank or in­sur­ance com­pany.

The MPI had an­nounced at its end-ofyear re­view for 2017 that $762 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to the de­part­ment’s cap­i­tal pro­gramme for this year, of which $262 mil­lion would be spent on the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of stellings.

Gen­eral Man­ager of the T&HD Marce­lene Mer­chant had ex­plained that ma­jor works would be done on the Leguan Stelling, which has been in a de­plorable con­di­tion for years.

Stabroek News had vis­ited the Leguan Stelling early last year and driv­ers and other per­sons who use the fa­cil­ity daily likened it to a death trap. Nu­mer­ous piles that were in­tended to sup­port the floor of the stelling were rot­ting and al­most fall­ing off, while var­i­ous other parts were in a de­plorable con­di­tion.

Boat op­er­a­tor Bas­sant (only name given) had re­lated that the stelling was slowly get­ting worse.

“If you only go un­der the stelling when them ve­hi­cles driv­ing pass, then you gon’ be re­ally wor­ried. Ev­ery time you there and it pass, the whole thing does shake and tum­ble and you does got to won­der how much more pres­sure it could take,” Bas­sant said.

The man ex­plained that in ad­di­tion to the con­stant fears of the stelling col­laps­ing, driv­ers were also forced to re­duce their loads out of fear of caus­ing dam­age to the stelling.

A sec­tion of the Leguan stelling

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