Major drainage works to begin in south Georgetown communities

Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, along with several government ministers, facilitated several public meetings in south Georgetown on Monday.
During his stop in West Ruimveldt, Soldier Scheme community, Georgetown, VP Jagdeo detailed to residents the government’s plans to carry out major drainage works in 34 communities in South Georgetown.
During the community engagement with residents of West Ruimveldt, Soldier Scheme, Vice President Jagdeo, on Wednesday afternoon, updated residents on the government’s development plans for Georgetown, which includes, among other things, the upgrading of several community roads and footpaths, and the rehabilitation of 34 recreational facilities around the city. “I want to remind persons that we are committed to ensuring that the city and its citizens are comfortable,” he said. “We are ready to fully fund training as well.” He further noted that, works are being done to the Liliendaal Pump Station to aid in better drainage flow, which would double the capacity of water flow.

Residents at the public meeting with Vice President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo in West Ruimveldt, ‘Solider Scheme’, Georgetown

Residents had brought up this as an issue for flooding in the area whenever it rains. “It would be good for residents to give us feedback on the progress of works and how it is being carried out in the area and how the contractors are working,” the VP urged.
Meanwhile, Minister of Housing Colin Croal further assisted residents who had housing applications and had been waiting to receive their house lots. Just last month, the Government fulfilled a promise made to Laing Avenue residents, as 60 residents received $15M in home improvement subsidies. The Housing and Water Ministry and the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) disbursed $250,000 each in home improvement subsidies to 60 residents of Laing Avenue. In addition to the vouchers intended for repairs, modifications, and other house-related works, the residents were provided with an extra $100,000 to assist with labor costs.
Also, in attendance at the public meeting, was Minister Collin Croal who stated that the housing programs aim to ensure citizens live comfortably as the government continues to provide financial assistance. Minister Croal disclosed on Monday that another 60 persons will be receiving their financial assistance on February 20th at the St. Pius community ground. The government has committed to delivering 50,000 house lots by the end of 2025, with some 30,000 already allocated to residents of Laing Avenue and surrounding areas.
Residents were encouraged to not just focus on cleaning contracts and cash grants alone since there are bigger issues to be addressed in these areas. “The complication is the drainage in these areas, and that’s what we’re focused on,” Jagdeo lamented. The VP also urged those in attendance to take advantage of the GOAL scholarship program and the part-time jobs initiative. While, more efforts are being made through the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) to encourage persons to take advantage of the continuous skills training programs.