…over road-blocking construction
Following a report carried in last Thursday’s edition of this newspaper relative to the construction of a house on the main access road in Kaneville, East Bank Demerara, residents have since informed this newspaper that the owner of the house has said that he has received permission from the Ministry of Housing to erect his house, but he has so far failed to produce any documentation to the residents indicating same.
As a result, the residents met with officials from the Ministry of Housing on Monday last, in order to get the matter sorted out.
According to the residents, the Housing Ministry has since verified that the man did not receive any permission from the ministry to construct the house.
The residents were then advised by the Housing Ministry officials to write a letter to the Minister of Housing, stating that they will continue to maintain the road.
The road has since been designated the official road of Kaneville, and as such, the man will have to remove his house.
The villagers told this newspaper that they are satisfied that some action has been taken in relation to the matter. They said that they were afraid that the situation would have been allowed to get out of hand, since it would have been unfair for the man to construct his house on a thoroughfare in the community.
The villagers had said that, for the past 13 years, they have been maintaining the road with donations from a number of businesses.
As it is currently, the man has already constructed a shack on the road, and residents noted that they are trying to stop the man before he constructs a bigger structure, which they noted he is planning to do.
“It is impossible and hard on the children. Many of the parents leave them at the school and go to work, and as such, the children have to go home by themselves. We cannot tolerate it. Where are these children going to walk?”
Residents had noted that they first started to observe that something was amiss when the man began to remove the boards from the bridge so that he could construct his home.
“When he gon block up here, where are we going to use? This is the only access road that we have, and we cannot allow him to do something like this. Someone has to do something about it,” the residents had said.
They added that before the national elections were held, President Bharrat Jagdeo had visited the community and declared that the road was the main access road.
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