Rehabilitation commences on dilapidated La Penitence Market

first_imgThe La Penitence Market area is finally undergoing rehabilitation for a much-needed facelift after many complaints from vendors and consumers over the years.The La Penitence MarketThe renovation was confirmed on Monday by Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine during a brief interview with Guyana Times.Vendors who ply their trade at the facility shared their satisfaction that the works have finally materialised. One such person, Pamela Khelawan explained that while the rehabilitative works would affect their trade for a couple of weeks, they would upgrade the aesthetics of the marketplace.On a normal day, customers are greeted by makeshift shacks just a few feet away from the roadway, clustered within a small space.“For the first couple days, we have to get accustomed to what will be happening and so on, but I’m happy that they start. We calling for them to do something long now, ‘cause something happening at all the markets except this one,” she posited.She is most pleased that the unsanitary condition of the bazaar will be addressed, among other things, to hopefully put an end to the rodent infestation.“We have rats coming in … because people don’t have nowhere to throw the garbage and that’s what causing it. That’s one of the biggest problems right now. If we get a good place to put the garbage, then we mightn’t get this problem,” Khelawan told this publication.The merchant is also hoping that better utility services can be provided once the area is completely revamped. In the past, clean water supply and stable electrical units were lacking, making it somewhat difficult to sell produce and other merchandise. Furthermore, reliable security is a necessity.Back in April, projects were tendered for four markets to be upgraded. La Penitence was on the list, with some $14 million set aside to commence the works.For the Kitty Market, $25 million was pledged to complete the project. The Communities Ministry had said that the scope of works included construction of 15 external stalls, the sanitary block, and the administrative office, inclusive of a revenue collection section.Bourda and East Ruimveldt are another two markets that are in dire need of rehabilitative works; many of the marketplaces within the capital city have been condemned for their deplorable state. Further, petty crimes are also prevalent.last_img read more