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Road in Febeau Village goes to ruins

Tuesday, January 27 2009

FOR the last 20 years residents of Sister Road, Febeau Village, Sou Sou Lands, Laventille, have been pleading with the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation and the Ministry of Works and Transport to construct a proper road.

Sharon Felix spoke on behalf of the residents, and claimed that work started on a retaining wall some 20 years ago to support the river and the road but is still not completed.

Felix said the already deplorable road became worse after heavy flooding and landslides in November and the road has started to cave in.

She said if the authorities fail to act quickly “we will not have any road to walk on.”

Felix said taxis refuse to go into the area because of the road’s condition and even hardware transport drivers refuse to transport the material to residents in the area.

“People can’t get their material to go up to their house because the road is too narrow,” she said.

Felix said the councillor for the area has been trying to get the work done but the Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) workers, who are doing the work, are not moving fast enough.

She said workers have complained that they have no material to work with.

She said if the authorities speed up the process and have the material delivered to the workers on a timely basis “the work could get done faster.”

Newsday contacted Jennifer Guerra, councillor for the area, who said she was aware of the problem.

Guerra said, “We have the URP working at present for the past year. It’s an ongoing project under my stewardship.” She said the work was moving at a slower pace because of the unavailability of the material for the workers and she could not say when the construction on the wall would begin but assured that “the workers are there.”

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