G/town, Vreed-en-Hoop stellings are critical as a backup to Demerara Bridge
The submerging of the Demerara Harbour Bridge leaves a lot of unanswered questions and many, many lessons to be learnt, and I do hope that those in authority learn quickly and put alternative systems in place.
The lives of the thousands of commuters depend so heavily upon crossing that bridge.
It is difficult to understand why the Georgetown and the Vreed-en-Hoop Ferry Stelling were left to deteriorate over a period of time, and the Minister of Works or the Government did not anticipate that one day, this bridge that served all of us for more than three decades, for one reason or the other will have to be closed to vehicular traffic for major repairs.
I am on record as saying that during this administration, the Transport and Harbours Department have been neglected and because of this, it is mainly the people that lives in Regions One, Two, Three and Seven, that are paying the price.
The navigational aids in the rivers of Guyana are no longer there. The channels are left to be silted up. Vessels are not properly maintained and a host of other things that would cause serious disruption to the schedule of the services. When this occurs, it is the farmers and other producers who suffer the most incurring losses due to perishable goods and other factors.
This bridge have served well and as it becomes more aged, more serious and frequent disruptions are anticipated, and of such the Vreed-en-Hoop and the Georgetown Ferry Stelling must at all times be serviceable, and be able to be used as an alternative route for the thousand of vehicles that would otherwise left stranded.
AFC Councillor, Region # 2.