Patterson denies additional spending for new Demerara bridge...
East Bank by-pass road project, the Berbice Bridge and the heavily touted Amaila Falls Hydro project.
However, Ali took to the floor and challenged Patterson’s claims. He noted that a feasibility study was done on the East Coast-East Bank road link, and claimed that he had it on his phone.
While the matter was not acknowledged in the National Assembly, Patterson had noted while making his claims that if a feasibility study could be provided to him, he would publicly apologise.
However, Patterson yesterday acknowledged that he was able to find a feasibility study for the road that was done in-house at the Central Housing and Planning Authority in 2014. However, that study had the road passing through lands that were already sold.
“We tried to get that information previously and I don’t know where it arrived from. The project that is being designed now has been fully investigated… I just wanted to confirm and make a statement on those two things so there is no misunderstanding on the position of the ministry,” he added.
When questioned on whether he was going to apologise, Patterson said no and explained that he acknowledged it in Parliament.
“Listen to me, you don’t just turn up and bring a study like that. I don’t want to ascribe anything to anyone, I don’t do that. I am just stating that I acknowledge I received it,” he added.