Guyana is planning to build a second city, partly because the huge oil income it will soon generate will attract many people looking to build a new life there. The capital Georgetown is the sole city, with a population of 120,000 out of a total population of 780,000.
President Dr Irfaan Ali revealed his plans while speaking at the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association 25th Annual Awards Ceremony.
“We have initiated discussions on having a new area – a secondary city – developed,” he said. “We are exploring this opportunity along the new four-lane highway because we are already seeing the pressure on the city itself.”
Ali said that as development and expansion continues there will be more occupation on the outskirts of Georgetown and the country must be prepared for it. As a result, the government is planning to ensure that such growth and development will be facilitated.
Ali added that the government is looking at an area on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway that will be connected to the new four-lane road, which will act as a catalyst for development.
In terms of funding, he noted that a mix of public-private partnership will be used. On a larger scale, he noted that the infrastructure landscape will undergo drastic changes in the coming year.
“That infrastructure landscape change is linked directly to the opening up of new economic opportunities, to the opening up of new lands; creating new areas, and new growth polls. These are the things that would mark 2021 and beyond.”
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