Ramsammy says pumps here, Luncheon says no

Ramsammy says pumps here, Luncheon says no


Just one day after Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy confirmed that all 14 pumps from Surendra Engineering have arrived in Guyana, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon has refuted this.pump2

According to Dr Luncheon a meeting was held and some of the pumps are expected to be in Guyana in December contrary to what Minister Ramsammy said. With Dr. Luncheon’s statement now, it is unclear whether the “pumps” which were procured at the cost of US$4 million are really in Guyana.
Efforts last night to contact the Minister proved futile.  

Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy on Thursday said that all 14 pumps which the Ministry had bought from India-based Company Surendra Engineering in 2011 have been delivered.  According to Dr Ramsammy, some of the pumps are already in operation while others are being installed.

Ramsammy told Kaieteur News that pumps are currently being installed at Patentia, Bagotstown, at Number 19 Village in Berbice, Windsor Forest, Pine Grove, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, and Albion, Corentyne, Berbice.

The Minister said that one is being shipped to Lima on the Essequibo Coast. The Minister further indicated that pumps at Canje, Rose Hall, Bengal, Crabwood Creek, and Black Bush Polder have been completed and are working.
Engineers from Guyana were sent to India to inspect the drainage pumps.  The issue has been a controversial one ever since the government handed Surendra Engineering a US$4 million contract two years ago.

The pumps were bought through an Indian line of credit.
The government described the equipment as being “critical to meeting medium and long term plans to manage the effects of climate change, which over time have been threatening the country”.

Ramsammy noted that each pump will have the capacity of discharging up to 200 cubic metres of water per second. Current pumps have the capacity of 150 cubic metres per second capacity.

Surendra Engineering, in addition to supplying the pumps, is responsible for the provision of technical support and training.
The pumps were to be initially delivered since December 2011, and an extension was granted to September 2012.

Together with the assets of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the country would be boasting a capacity of almost 100 pumps, inclusive of both fixed and mobile, officials of the Agriculture Ministry had said last year.

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  • de castro compton  On 11/30/2013 at 10:49 am

    Left hand doesn’t know what right hand doing….
    4 m on pump ….put that money towards re-siteing GT.

    infrastructure for new city should begin ASAP.
    LINDEN – town

    Road rail river air link way forward…..rest will follow
    as night follows day/visa versa …..factories of production
    sited in new city….consult Chinese Indians even Brazilians
    for know-how.


  • Rose  On 11/30/2013 at 12:56 pm

    The question is are these quality pumps. This government always seem to be giving contracts of great dollar value to either India or China which makes me wonder WHY???? These two countries will do whatever is asked of them in order to win a contract and they’ve been moving in the region big time. Read between the lines folks!!!

  • de castro compton  On 11/30/2013 at 1:18 pm

    Consultation does not mean awarding of contract…..
    Am sure Guyana has engineers /builders who can do the job
    if they don’t then they must seek outsiders consultations/help…..
    If not arrange for Guyanese to be trained to do the job….internally or externally.
    It is not rocket science to design an infrastructure for a new city.
    Land surveyors/quantity surveyors etc etc….Employ Guyanese to build Guyana
    If skills are not available then invite consultants…or train Guyanese.
    Entice large companies/producers to build their new factories manufacturing
    plants on industrial estate near new city…..you already have a road river link
    to old city GT …encourage large manufacturers to re-site with Tax incentives
    to move out of GT.
    If the infrastructure is there manufacturers will move….the people/factory workers
    will follow the jobs….
    Would love to see a plan in miniature for the New city of Guyana…..
    A forward step indeed.

  • Rose  On 11/30/2013 at 5:37 pm

    Kamptan, based on what I read in this article the pumps have been purchased from India, which means it’s past the consultation stage. However, I do agree with what you’ve said about encouraging manufacturing companies to open up in Guyana with the right incentives offered. Not every manufactured product requires technical or high skill people, albeit training can be implemented over time. But clothing manufacturing on a large scale can be a viable and workable endeavour and I’m sure that Guyana has many skilled tailors and seamstresses; and that’s only one. Also businesses where products are shipped in for packaging and assembling will also create employment for Guyanese people. We’re an educated people so training should not be a problem. We just put out two TOP students who attained 20 subjects each in their CXC exams, and these students are from a very remote part of Guyan. That goes to show that even with all the problems that this country goes through, it still has the ability to produce first class people.

  • de castro compton  On 11/30/2013 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for that “ray of hope” I share with you….Guyana has talent
    unlimited let it shine…..
    Sorry if I am misunderstood….no matter if pumps came from Timbuctu
    it is still money wasted….just think of the “power” “fuel” that pump needs to
    run it…..am serious GT can become the VENICE of new world….
    Let it flood replacing cars with Gondolas….how romantic that would be….

    Sorry can’t be serious…..am just fed up with the “stupidity” of not deciding on a new capital city….and building it….
    Sometimes it is more economical to bull – dose and old building and rebuild
    it from scratch….in the same likeness of the times.

    In total exasperation !

  • Rose  On 11/30/2013 at 6:25 pm

    Kamptan….funny you should mention gondolas, my husband and I have often said that if we were to return to Guyana to live we would go to some part in the Essiquibo and live on the water by means of a houseboat. Then we jokingly said that we would have to erect two large machine guns at both ends of the boat to fight off the pirates that would come a hunting. You know if they see a nice house boat they coming for it…..LOL!!!!

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 11/30/2013 at 6:58 pm

    Kamptan, I also think that the time has come for Guyana’s leaders to plan relocating the administrative capital. Ignoring the need for action is a grave mistake.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 11/30/2013 at 8:10 pm

    The subject of reinventing/relocating the capital has been around for some time.
    It was raised here about a year ago.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 11/30/2013 at 9:21 pm

    “Ramsammy noted that each pump will have the capacity of discharging up to 200 cubic metres of water per second.”
    For EACH pump???

    Someone please check my arithmetic. It was my weakest subject in school.
    1 cubic meter of water = 219.9 Imp. gallons
    200 ” ” s ” = 43980.0 ” ”
    One of these pumps will discharge 43980 gallons in one second!!!

    1 inch of rain over one acre is equivalent to 22610 Imp. gallons.
    Divide this into 43980 and we get 1.945 sec.

    One inch of rainfall per hour is a pretty heavy downpour.

    All the rain water collected over one acre of land after one hour of heavy rain will be discharged by one of these pumps in just under 2 seconds!!!
    My father once told us that in India the trains travel so fast that the lantern posts look like comb teeth!
    I guess that they are using the same engines to power their PORTABLE drainage pumps.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 11/30/2013 at 9:37 pm

    I forgot to acknowledge that all I know about drainage is due to two persons.
    I E Telfer, Principal of ECFI, now ECIAF; who provided the spark and
    Jimmy Singh, Engineer GUYSUCO. who fanned the flame.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 12/01/2013 at 9:38 pm

    At last! Here it is!!
    A drainage pump that handles 200 cubic meters of water per second.
    I submit that there can be no doubt whatsoever whether or not 14 pumps of this size were delivered.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 12/02/2013 at 7:32 am

    “Ron, perhaps if we keep repeating it, the Powers That Be will take notice.”

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Albert Einstein

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