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Government gives delinquent Housing Developers until February 2016 to finish works…Monitoring Unit set up to check progress

Minister with Responsibility for Housing Keith Scott meeting Housing Developers (GINA photo)

The Minister with responsibility for Housing Keith Scott has set a deadline of February 2016 to complete infrastructural works on their East Bank, Demerara Housing Developments, according to the Government Information Agency (GINA).

He met today with representatives from the some private housing developments after visiting several sites which were mostly under developed, contrary to previously signed agreements, on September 9.

Those engaged included representatives from Bai Shan Lin, Courtney Benn Construction, Bradford Enterprises, Dax Construction, Sun Set Lakes and Odinga Lumumba. He expressed his disappointment at the failure of representatives from the BK Group of Companies attending the meeting saying that it should “great disrespect to the Government..It is the Government of Guyana that speaks on behalf of the people of Guyana and I shall not countenance from Tiwari or anybody”.

According to Minister Scott, “amicable agreements” were reached with several of the Housing Developers who explained the reasons for delays in their construction of homes or preliminary infrastructure works. Commitments were given to ensure that new deadlines to begin works would be met, as were apologies by delinquent representatives, the Minister revealed. He explained that Government was “not about putting people out of business but to help them along the way, ultimately to the benefit of all Guyanese”.

All of those engaged, have given commitments to complete long overdue works. These will include the building of drains, electricity supplies and roads. Minister Scott said that it is important that revised construction schedules be set and progress maintained, in keeping with the new agreements, “I can safely say that movement has now began. I will not be satisfied until I can see deliverables”.