Works Minister Dr. Suruj Rambachan has stated that Jusamco Pavers were paid a total of $6.6 million for emergency work on a three-metre sinkhole that opened up on the westbound carriageway of the Beetham Highway in September 2012.
He revealed this in replying to a question in the Senate yesterday.
Rabachan said that the sinkhole opened up in the area where the company had excavate before, however it was affected after the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) contractors destroyed the underground culvert.
The Minister disclosed that because of years of neglect, several of the culvert crossings under the Beetham Highway were in danger of collapsing.
He estimated that it would cost approximately between $9 million and $11 million to address the problem.
He also revealed that plans were in place to replace the affected Beetham culvert crossings with minimal disruption to the public, though some displacement would be inevitable.
Work would start in the new fiscal year after the 2015 budget.
The Minister stated that measures are being taken to prevent a recurrence of the sinkhole issue.
He disclosed that his ministry met with the Public Utilities Ministry last week and they are preparing an MOU that would be completed soon, to ensure systems are in place before roadworks are done or WASA does work.