Massive clean-up of South Georgetown begun
Guyana Chronicle
March 22, 2007

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A MASSIVE clean-up exercise, to restore South Georgetown to its original beauty, began yesterday with the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) providing an excavator and a truck.

It is a collaborative effort among the Central Government, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and members of the South Georgetown Communities - Albouystown, Charlestown and La Penitence - the Government Information Agency (GINA) said.

According to Mr. Randolph Thorne, who is involved, Central Government should be commended for the significant input it has made toward the restoration.

During a tour of Albouystown, he explained, to National Coordinator of Community Development Councils (CDCs), Mrs. Philomena Sahoye-Shury, that the ward has planned a three-day activity, from April 7 to 9, including a cultural extravaganza, an exhibition and games.

Independence Boulevard, which is the showpiece, will be converted into a recreational park and beautified with the assistance of donors associated with the communities and persons who have businesses on the thoroughfare.

Thorne said the project is being executed primarily for the upcoming Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 and drains will be cleaned, garbage removed and roads repaired.

The M&CC is desilting drains and alleyways in Albouystown and the Ministry of Public Works is doing roads construction on Sussex Street, too, Thorne said.

He assured Sahoye-Shury that no effort will be spared to maintain the environmental works being undertaken and all residents are participating.

GPL to enter Skeldon electricity purchase agreement
GUYANA Power & Light (GPL) will enter into a purchase agreement with Skeldon Sugar Estate for the supply of about 10 megawatts of electricity every month, the Government Information Agency (GINA) announced yesterday.

The agency said the deal, which takes effect later this year, will facilitate the transmission of current into the national grid for use within Region Six (East Bervbice/Corentyne), as well.

GPL Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bharrat Dindyal said what will be supplied under the arrangement represents more than 65 per cent of the present demand of the entire Berbice county.

He said, while ensuring an economical delivery in the ‘Ancient County’, the initiative will also accomplish one of the primary purposes for which the Skeldon Modernisation Project was conceived.

GINA said, to ensure the viability of the establishment, the administration has pursued several diversification strategies.

Apart from electricity generation, consideration is being given to the establishment of a distillery and possibly a refinery.

Meanwhile, additional boilers have been installed in the Skeldon factory to produce more power than is required to sustain its daily operations, GINA said.

It added that, in light of the imminent price cuts imposed by the European Union, the government will pursue other initiatives through the Guyana Sugar Corporation.