Attorney General Defends GY$8 Million Parking Price – Demerara Waves Online News – Guyana
Updated on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 8:55 p.m. by Denis Chabrol
Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Thursday defended his ministry’s construction of a GY$8.05 million parking lot, following a report that it would cost more than two turnkey houses.
“The current car park is decades old, dilapidated and unless demolished or repaired would damage government and private vehicles parked below. It is made of wood and zinc which both rot “, he said in a statement. Mr Nandlall said rather than repair such
structure abandoned or replaced by similar materials, the management of the ministry cautiously decided to build a parking lot entirely of steel, cemented to the ground.
He called the claim published in the Kaieteur News newspaper “absurd” and calculated to give the impression that state funds were wasted.
The attorney general said the new car park should last at least 20 years if properly maintained compared to one made of wood and zinc.
Attacking the journalist for not seeking an explanation or checking the application documents, Mr Nandlall said an “absurd” article had been published in the newspaper, which would automatically invoke a violation of freedom of the press if the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Legal Affairs ceased advertising. in this post. “A simple investigation by the ministry or a review of the tender documents would have provided the relevant information the reporter needed,” he said.
Mr Nandlall said the proposed hangar is around 200ft long by 19ft wide, making it larger than the current structure and will accommodate several other vehicles as more space for parking is badly needed. “If a sane person were to look at the costs of acquiring the necessary steel and concrete, coupled with the transportation, fabrication and labor required to complete the work at the prevailing rates in the country, that person would conclude that $8 million is quite a reasonable sum for such a project,” he said.
The design and bill of quantities were prepared free of charge by engineers from the Ministry of Public Works, he added.