Illegal workshop disrupts lives at Best
A 16-month-old baby of Lot 668 Best Village, West Coast Demerara was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital three times last month as a result of smoke inhalation. The infant was also hospitalized for three days.
Relatives are pointing their fingers at an illegal workshop located about a dozen feet away from the infant’s bedroom.
According to the baby’s grandfather, Manbodh, his neighbour, who has been operating an illegal workshop next door for the past few months, has placed the exhaust pipe of his generator directly
opposite his grandson’s bedroom.
The elderly man said that the smoke is not the only issue that affects him and the neighbourhood. He explained that since the workshop was opened, the noise has been too much. He said that his grandson cannot sleep because of the constant noise.
“Them people don’t put down things, they flinging it and throw it whole day and we can’t sleep. It is very disturbing,” the elderly man explained.
Manbodh said that he spoke to the owner of the workshop who has so far ignored him.
“I talk to him about the noise and I asked him to move the pipe from there but he ignored me and continued to do his work,” Manbodh said, while adding that he made numerous reports at the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station. Again nothing has been done.
Yesterday, a group of angry villagers was waiting to express their anger at the owner of the workshop, who is allegedly a pastor.
According to villagers, the workshop owners own three properties in the village, a Church, a workshop and another property which houses a chicken pen at the back of the yard.
Seshnarayan Dwarka of Lot ‘D’ Best Village said that he has been living at that property for years and never had any problem with anyone until the workshop owner purchased a property at the front.
“His chicken pen is seven feet away from my bedroom and he doesn’t clean the pen; it stinking up the whole place. We have to always lock up the house to avoid the smell. My four-year-old son was sick the other day because of this pen, and when I told the owner about it, he tell me not to talk to him,” Dwarka said.
Two other residents, Yougita Lokhnauth and Davi said “around the church is fenced and there was a little pathway for us to walk since there are three houses behind the church with no other alternative. The pastor now joined his fenced to the other neighbour fence, blocking the path. When we tried to talk to him he said the government gave him that piece of land.”
“My husband car is inside our yard parked up because he can’t drive out,” Lokhnauth said.
The residents of Best Village are calling on the relevant authorities to visit the community and observe their plight and to provide relief. (Romila Boodram)