A $29.2-million contract was signed on Tuesday for the rehabilitation of the Parika market, the Government of Guyana has announced in a press release.
The project is part of a $130-million Local Government Ministry budget to upgrade the Parika, Charity and Mon Repos markets.
“This is part of our budgetary support approved by the Government to enhance the infrastructure of the Parika Market. This work we expect will be done in the very near future, in a few months, so that those vendors who are terribly affected at Parika that they are going to be able to get back into the market, under better conditions of work,” said Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall MP who facilitated the signing of the contract between VAL’S Construction and his Ministry on Tuesday.
According to the Department of Public Information news release, the Parika Market project will see the construction of 1000 square feet of roof with translucent sheets, to allow natural light to illuminate the market.
In addition, a 300-foot concrete and steel fencing will also be constructed, along with a four-chamber sanitary facility.
Major works will also be done on the electrical distribution system, the release said.
Minister Dharamlall added: “We are aware that many store owners are on the roadside towards the Stelling and as soon as this market is completed, this phase of rehabilitation, that many of those who are encumbering on the road, they will find space within the market and we will have a much better business environment in Parika. So, we look forward to the contractor, beginning work very soon.”