Report did not recommend blacklisting B.K. International
Stabroek News
April 10, 2002

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Dear Editor,

There has been much discussion in the media about the breach of the East Demerara Water Conservancy Dam especially since a report was recently presented.

Many commentators have been calling on the government to blacklist and/or penalise BK International Inc. as if this is part of the recommendations of the team.

The team recommended no such thing.

For the benefit of your readers and the public at large, the team made eight recommendations and these are summarised as follows:

1. The breach must be permanently sealed and the embankment brought up to the required height.

2. Material containing vegetation etc near the failed section to be removed and replaced.

3. The entire 8.3 miles section of the Dam between Annandale and Cane Grove to be urgently attended to. Also the section Flagstaff to Maduni and Annandale to Nancy.

4. Inspection procedures of the Dam to be intensified.

5. Water levels in the Conservancy to be maintained at the present operating level of 56.0 GD.

6. Channels in the Conservancy to be cleared of vegetation and deepened.

7. Operate the small Maduni sluice to maintain operations at a safe level in high rainfall situations.

8. Increase capacity of East Demerara Water Conservancy Commission to manage by the provision of appropriate functional equipment.

That's it!

All those who are howling at the government to implement the recommendations of the report and punish BK International Inc. should first read the report and the recommendation before babbling a lot of nonsense.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Tiwarie

Managing Director

B.K. International Inc