[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has come out in supports of recent calls by the Guyana Fire Advisory Board for the removal of derelict buildings in and around the capital city.
The GCCI in a statement said, since 2009, the buildings were inspected, photographed and the City Engineers’ Department was informed of the eminent danger that these buildings create throughout the City.
The statement added that during the period 2009- 2013, a total of 38 buildings were identified for action. However, four years later 34 remain in existence without the appropriate action being taken.
The Chamber said it finds this matter particularly timely and relevant as Fire Prevention Week is observed, and derelict buildings, in addition to contributing to the destruction of life and property, and reducing the aesthetics of the environment, are fire hazards.
Two of the derelict buildings identified succumbed to fire during the stated period, giving key support for relevant preventative action to be taken in a timely manner.
In this regard, the Chamber looks forward to a timely response and action from the relevant authorities so that the bulging list of derelict buildings can be trimmed expediently, ensuring a safer environment for the citizens of Georgetown and its environs.