Several communities in the Mahaica-Berbice Region are currently undergoing millions of dollars worth of fundamental infrastructural works. The communities include Bel-Air, Lovely Lass, Onverwagt, and Golden Grove.
The works include bus sheds, street lights, ground enhancement and construction of a bridge which are being carried out by the Ministry of Communities.
Vice-Chairman of the Union/Naarstigheid Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Vinceroy Jordan, said the ground enhancement of the playground costs approximately $8M. This includes the construction of a new fence, bleachers, two sanitary facilities, levelling off the field, and the installation of six floodlights.
“The ground would benefit residents from Lovely Lass, Golden Grove, Onverwagt and presently persons from as far as No. 28 come to use the playground in the afternoon. They engage in football which is a big sport in this area,” Jordan stated.
He also highlighted that two bush sheds will be constructed at the cost of $700,000 each at Onverwagt and Golden Grove.
Over at Bel Air, another one bus shes will also be constructed. This community will receive streetlights following a direct request by the residents. Councillor of the NDC, Caroline Williamson, explained that persons involved in farming in the area have been losing livestock at nights as a result of theft. It was highlighted that this may be as a result of the scarcity of streetlights in the community.
The residents will also benefit from the construction of a bridge in the community that will provide safe access to students of the Sapodilla Nursery and Primary Schools. The current bridge, which was in a dilapidated state for over ten years, will be reconstructed for $1.5M. (Extracted from the Department of Public Information)