Georgetown : The Paradise pump is one of the new pumps that the Ministry of Agriculture added to boost drainage capacity in 2014. It has a pump capacity of 200 cuft/sec and is of benefit to 4500 acres of land, both residential and agricultural.
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy who visited the pump station, on the East Coast of Demerara over the weekend, in the company of Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) Lionel Wordsworth, explained that though completed, the pump has not yet been commissioned. He said that thus far, the ministry has only had one occasion to use the pump and that was a few weeks ago, when the country experienced about two to three days of heavy rains.
Minister Ramsammy noted that the amount of rain that was recorded in areas, (over 200mm in one 24- hour period, and in a three-day period more than 300mm of rain,) in the past would have caused flooding that would have lasted for weeks. He pointed out that in this case, in about three to four days most of the villages were relieved from the flood and mainly for the reason that the pump was in operation. The Paradise pump is among one of 14 that the ministry had started to put in place under the EXIM Bank of India which has famously become known as the Surrendra pumps. “I still see in parts of the media confusion as to where are these pumps. Have they arrived in the country? And in the meanwhile as far as I know at least 10 of the 14 pumps have been installed and are in operation,” Minister Ramsammy said. He explained that the ministry has not yet commissioned the Paradise pump too, because there is still some landscaping work that is being tied up but the pump is operational. Several other pumps are operational, but will be commissioned in 2015.
The contract for the Paradise pump station is valued $139M and the pump itself was acquired at a cost of US$4M.