NIDCO boss - Curepe Interchange by November

The Curepe In­ter­change is ex­pect­ed to be com­plet­ed by No­vem­ber of this year.

This was an­nounced by NID­CO chair­man Hu­bert George dur­ing the sod turn­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the in­ter­change on Wednes­day morn­ing.

The in­ter­change is ex­pect­ed to cost $221 mil­lion, a fig­ure that both Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley and Min­is­ter of Works and Trans­port Ro­han Sinanan said was sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­er than the $513 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion grant­ed to the project un­der the pre­vi­ous Peo­ple's Part­ner­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Prime Min­is­ter raised ques­tions about the dis­crep­an­cy dur­ing his fea­ture ad­dress at the cer­e­mo­ny.

"Where was that 200 or 300 mil­lion dol­lars go­ing?" asked the Prime Min­is­ter.

Sinanan al­so point­ed out the $221m fig­ure was al­so sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­er than the $346m ini­tial­ly al­lo­cat­ed by this Gov­ern­ment. He said the mon­ey saved on the project should fi­nance the Ma­coya In­ter­change, which is one of six more in­ter­changes which are to be con­struct­ed as part of Gov­ern­ment's plan to free up the na­tion's high­ways of traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Reporter: Peter Christopher

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