Bids for 18 housing projects to open this month
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TENDERS for bids in relation to 18 housing projects in Regions Three, Four, Five and Six will open on January 12 and 13, 2021 by the Ministry of Housing and Water and the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).

Region Three residents can look forward to developments in Meten-Meer-Zorg, Stewartville, Anna Catherina, Edinburgh, and Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara. In Region Four, the development will take place in Prospect, Providence, Little Diamond, and Great Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara and Cummings Lodge, Mon Repos, Annandale, La Bonne Intention, Vigilance, Bladen Hall, and Strathspey on the East Coast of Demerara. Meanwhile, in Regions Five and Six, works are slated for Experiment, Hampshire, Williamsburg, No. 75 Village, No. 79 Village, Ordnance, Fortlands, and Canje.

The bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding in keeping with the procurement Act 2003. All projects have a construction period of 150 days per lot.

Subject minister, Collin Croal, at a recent housing exercise, announced that the sector’s advancement provides major spin-off benefits for the economy.

“When our government invests in the housing sector, there is a direct positive effect on job creation in the construction sector, increased spending, and a greater demand for basic goods and services. All of this results in good things for small and medium-scale businesses, truckers, taxi drivers, bus operators, carpenters, painters, and many others,” he stated.

Further, the Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Susan Rodrigues, recently stated the ministry’s intention to ensure everyone benefits from the externalities associated with the initiative.

“We want to make sure people are employed, we want to ensure retail stores, retail hardware stores can get business, the contractors can get business, the carpenters; that we can put people back to work and then we can stimulate the economy as well with the construction sector,” she had said.

In their 2020 elections manifesto, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic committed to distributing some 10,000 house lots per year, an aggregate of 50,000 house lots for their first five years in office.

For their five months in office in 2020, they have distributed 3,600 house lots to applicants across Guyana, surpassing their target for 2020 by 600. Their goal is to distribute 7,000 this year.

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