Dec 09, 2008 News
The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has clearly stated that the city drainage is not its responsibility, but that of the Mayor and City Council.
In response, Mayor of Georgetown, Hamilton Green, in an invited comment, said the council is prepared for the present rainy season. “We are prepared within the competence of our manpower, money and machines,” Greene said.
According to the mayor, the Council is currently working around the clock to clear canals in the city which will facilitate the rapid draining of flood waters on the land. He, however, noted that not all the canals have been cleared, with the main one being the canal on Princes Street.
He said that his men were not able to carry out works on that canal because of some construction work which is ongoing at the corner of High and Princes Streets.
Green said that, to his pleasure, all of the kokers around the city are fully functioning but there still remains the issue of garbage build-up in canals.
“During a tour of the city on Sunday, it was very alarming to see the build up of Styrofoam boxes and plastic bottles in the drains and canals.”
He aired his disgust over the situation, and noted that while it is the Council’s responsibility for city drainage, all citizens have a role to play.
“This clearly goes to show the indiscipline that has gripped our society. In the end, the Council gets the blame when the city is under water, and when we appeal to people to practise proper garbage disposal practices, they ignore us,” Green lamented.
He, however, noted that of the nine pumps which are set up around to city to drain flood waters, some are not working.
While he declined to comment on those that are not working, he identified the Liliendaal pump. According to Mayor Green, the pump was down during the visit because the Council has not yet been able to secure an extra generator to supply power to the pump when there is a power outage in the area.
The mayor also noted that not all of the excavators which the Council has have been working as well.
He added that citizens will be made aware of the entire plan for the rainy season later today, when the Council will be holding a media briefing.
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