GWI, GPL will cause PPP/C to lose this election
Last week I read with consternation the Guyana Water Incorporation’s boast of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve potable water supply to residents along coastal Guyana.
The fact of the matter is that while the GWI has facilitated several wells in these coastal areas, the water supply service is so poor that along with the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated, the GWI is likely to cost the PPP/C the elections later this year.
It has been observed that these projects are mainly vote getting ventures, for no sooner than they are put in place, the GWI offices throughout the country are flooded with customers with complaints and queries. Another observation is that immediately after these wells are up and running, the water pressure is all well and good and a shower in the upper flat of homes is common place.
A few months later, residents have to install pumps to get water even to their lower flat water taps.
Take the case in Melanie Damishana on the East Coast of Demerara, where customers were made to pay hefty sums to be connected to the new water system which promised so much.
The water now comes on at 07:00 hours and is turned off at 18:00 hours. How can the average worker who leaves home at seven in the morning and return just before six in the afternoon benefit from the GWI’s improved potable water supply?
Somebody is fooling the public here. A quick look at the GPL and one will see that after 19 years the present administration has not even shifted the post for betterment.
This is 2011 and blackout and load shedding are the order of the day-it is as if we are still living in the 1980s-so much for progress.
Another problem has to do with the length of time a customer has to wait to make a query. a visit to the GPL Main Street Branch revealed several customers waiting on one staff to deal with their queries, which take on an average five minutes each.
It means that an employed person will have to spend at least two hours waiting to have their billing queries attended to.
This is an unacceptable situation in the computer age.
Furthermore Mr. Editor, there are still some regularized areas on the Coast that are without electricity. No wonder people are stealing it!