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Government on Friday released some $78M to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), which will be used for a massive sprucing-up of the city and its environs including the clearing of drains and repairing of roads.

Deputy Mayor, Robert Williams, said the money is actually to complete the first phase of a $200M enhancement project for Georgetown and this money would be used for roads and drains.

President Bharrat Jagdeo was on hand to present two excavators to M&CC as part of the $78M. The money will be used to buy materials to repair roads while $1M will be set aside for fuel for equipment owned by the municipality.

Giving an idea as to how the $200M would be spent, Williams said that $150M would be spent on roads and drains while $50M would be spent on beautifying the city and this would be done by effecting repairs to buildings.

He said proposals for the beautifying phase of the project, which would include City Hall, are now being studied by the President and it was expected that work would begin on them soon. Williams again touched on the improper disposal of plastics and foam materials which were continuing to clog city drains. He said the city would once again embark on a public awareness project to persuade persons to desist from such practices.

The deputy mayor said the projects would be executed by the M&CC and the Ministry of Works and it was hoped that phase one would be completed in record time so they could move on to phase two.

President Jagdeo in brief remarks said that the money was in keeping with a promise he had made previously. He also said that the vehicle promised to the accounts staff of the municipality would be made available shortly.

He went on to observe that the government was spending some $700M on the city and its outskirts this year. And while it would be hiring a firm to ensure all projects were done correctly and were completed within the time-frame the President urged that those at City Hall oversee the projects, even those that were outside their mandate and were not being executed by them. He said the boosting of the city would not be just for the Cricket World Cup, but also for the residents.

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