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Contract to be terminated if works not done on Cemetery Road by month-end – Min. Edghill

Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill and the engineering team inspecting the Cemetery Road project

Following a recent evaluation conducted by the Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, on the Cemetery Road project, it has been discovered that the contractor, Avinash Construction and Metal Works Company, has failed to fulfill its contractual obligations.

As a result, the minister has decided to terminate the contract if the works are not completed by the end of March.

Minister Edghill made this disclosure on Tuesday, during his recent visit to the site, in the presence of the contractor and ministerial engineers.

“Cemetery road should’ve been completed […] The contractor has not done what he said he would do […] If the work is not completed by the end of March, he will be terminated and removed from the project. We will have to put another contractor to fulfil it,” Minister Edghill emphasised.

Additionally, the Minister advised the contractor to submit a revised work programme to indicate his capabilities and actions that will be taken to complete the works by the extended deadline.

The $475 million project will see the two-lane carriageway being extended into four lanes.

Once completed, it is expected to significantly alleviate traffic congestion.

The multi-million was initially expected to be completed in July 2023. The deadline for the project was later extended to January 2024.

In addition to the expansion of Cemetery Road, the overall project includes the enhancement of Independence Boulevard. That road was extended into three lanes, and a recreational promenade was erected.

This is in keeping with the government’s vision of community development aligned with the modernisation of the capital city and country at large.

[Extracted and modified from the Department of Public Information]


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