Government’s plans are moving apace to complete the sprucing up of Durban Park and all other auxiliaries to ensure a memorable, culturally sound and patriotic commemoration of Guyana’s 51st Independence. At present there are ongoing upgrade works being undertaken by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure at the venue.
This was among the many updates presented by the various stakeholders of the planning committee for the 51st Independence Celebrations. The comfort, safety and security of the patrons to the venue are of paramount importance. This includes the VIP as well as the 27 stands which seat in excess of 30, 000 patrons. Emphasized at the meeting was the need for all involved to ensure that due procurement processes are adhered to for transparency and accountability.
Sound and lighting improvement are assured ahead of the May 25th event. Already the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has commenced addressing the location assiduously with a view to completing all necessary ground works. The over growth is being removed and general external cleaning of drains has also commenced.
A ministerial site visit is set for May 24th even as the multi sectoral approach continues with the Ministry of Education Department of Culture taking the lead role.
From the Guyana Police Force standpoint, security will be further heightened given the nature of the event. The GDF has indicated that adjustments have been made for the number of ranks on parade to be increased and rehearsals have commenced.
The Guyana Fire Service has assessed the ground and will do further visitations to ensure that the event would not be affected by prevailing weather conditions. The GFS has also assured that a fire safety evacuation plan is in place in the event of a mass causality occurrence. They assured that they are ready to respond in event of an emergency and noted that fire fighters will be present in each of the 27 stands.