Thursday 12 December, 2019

Fiery protest continues in New Grant

Debris burns at the Naparima Mayaro Road, Hindustan Junction as residents continue to protest bad roads in New Grant. Photo via Facebook

Debris burns at the Naparima Mayaro Road, Hindustan Junction as residents continue to protest bad roads in New Grant. Photo via Facebook

New Grant residents have, for a second day, blocked the Naparima Mayaro Road with burning debris to highlight their frustration over poor road conditions in the area. 

Residents on Monday blocked the road with old appliances and other items in several areas to bring attention to conditions they have had to endure. 

Landslips occurred in the area following heavy rains late December, and residents say this has made transportation difficult. 

Officials with the Works and Transport Ministry were sent to the area today to begin repair work, however, they were met with blockages.  

One resident claimed that part of the problem is shoddy work by the Ministry. 

“Well that backfired didn’t it? It is patch work they are doing. They are coming in putting down materials for a quick fix, and then it is getting washed away in the rains. One of the roads here is so bad that if it rains one more time, we are fairly certain it will just cave in and trap us inside. So what would be the recourse then? People have work to go to, people have children who need to go to school.

Everyday they pass on these roads, with the risk that it could all collapse on us. We have been asking for these things to be addressed properly. But they are not. What are they waiting for? For injuries to be suffered? How is that good governance? They need to act now, before something negative happens,” LoopTT was told.

A woman whose home at Sixth Company Circular Road which was swept downhill as a result of the lansdlip has been temporarily relocated to an apartment, as the Social Development Ministry attempts to offer assistance with a more permanent housing solution. 

The downpayment and first month's rental of the apartment was personally paid for by Moruga MP Dr Lovell Francis.  

The MP, who is also a Minister in the Education Ministry said he is aware of today's protest, but is unable to visit the area and speak with residents as he is due to attend an urgent meeting at the Ministry.

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