A sad and sorry state of affairs
From media reports, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will shortly be moving all of its branches into a new location (Clico Building) on Camp Street.
This is laudable as it should make the administration of this important agency more effective.
Information at hand suggests a staff of 800-odd persons.
I have not done an analysis, but it is safe to assume that at least 1/3 of the staff use motor vehicles to get to and from work. Vehicles they most likely use for family transportation to take their children to school and other relatives who work in the city.
So, we can expect at least 250 vehicles going to this place daily; add the public and the number increases. The big question is, where will they park these vehicles?
I have complained ad nauseam about Central Government’s failure to accept Professor Akbar Khan’s proposal as contained in the Greater Georgetown Development Plan, to address the question of Parking in Georgetown and congestion in the City; so you have massive buildings going up in Camp Street, Regent Street, Robb Street and elsewhere, and, in spite of my pleadings, the proposal requiring every new developer to provide on the ground floor some minimum parking facility for staff and customers have been ignored.
The action to be taken requires the intervention and cooperation of Central Government.
Why nothing is being done is an indictment against an administration that seems hell bent on punishing a city because it has failed to obtain the political support of the majority of Georgetown residents.
This is a sad and sorry state of affairs.
Hamilton Green, J.P.