More woes for stranded Lethem-bound truck drivers
The stress for the stranded hinterland truck drivers continued yesterday.
Yesterday, they claimed that they were refused crossing of the Demerara Harbour Bridge despite paying $600,000.
The six trucks which are loaded with rations and fuel have been stranded for more than 20 days due to the ongoing electricity protests in Linden. The drivers, porters and their trucks have been squatting at the parking lot of the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.
They have been sleeping in hammocks between the trucks.
On Monday, the group of truckers met with Natural Resources Minister asking for help.
“We met with the Minister and we told him that we want to cross the Harbour Bridge and he said that he will assist us with whatever means we chose. He even told us that he will talk with Minister Robeson Benn for us to cross the bridge,” one of the truck drivers, Tayon Junior, said.
He stated that when they returned from the Office of the President, they met with one of the supervisors from Transport and explained their plight to him.
“He told us to bring the trucks and let him weigh it and see if it can be done on a pontoon. We carried two of the heaviest trucks and the weight was 33 and 29 tons (respectively). He told us that we can carry it on a pontoon so we rented one for $600,000 and we were told that two of the trucks would go over at 05:30 this morning (yesterday), 1pm and 2:30pm.”
The frustrated truck drivers said that they sent off the first two trucks and when they returned with the other two trucks, they were denied.
“When we ask for the reason, they told us that the trucks which weigh 28, 29, 30 and 31 tons are too heavy to cross and this morning (yesterday) the 29 and 33 tons go over without a problem. The money that we paid will not be refunded.”
Kaieteur News was told that Lethem is in desperate need for the rations and the truck drivers are requesting the authorities to assist them.
Calls were made to the General Manager for Transport and Harbour for a comment, these went unanswered.