The Parika Stelling will soon be equipped with modernised features.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson said a US $15Million loan has already been secured from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to cater for the upgrade. The loan will also finance the upgrade of the Lethem airstrip into a regional hub and international aerodrome.
“We will rehabilitate the Parika Stelling completely, with similar features to that of the Bartica Stelling. It will have commercial space, a shed so that persons can go there and sell their produce, persons can also open a restaurant or two. It just wouldn’t have the opening that the Bartica Stelling has,” the Minister explained.
This imminent upgrade is a fulfilment of the Ministry’s commitment to rehabilitation of infrastructure across Guyana.
Additionally, tenders have already been presented for feasibility studies of the Stabroek Wharf and the Waterfront Recreational Areas. The work on the Stabroek Wharf is expected to commence before the end of the year.
In the 2018 budget, $250Million has been allocated, for the upgrade of stellings at Bartica and Leguan. A further $160Million has been allocated to support the reconstruction of the Vreed-en-Hoop and Stabroek stellings, into modern water taxi terminals.
By: Ranetta La Fleur.