– Minister Ali to speak with relevant authorities for urgent action
Miners operating in the Salbora Creek, Mahdia area, have been condemned by Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali, for the recent destruction of pipelines along the road towards the Salbora Creek.
“This is the second incident of this nature and I strongly condemn the actions by these miners,” stated the Minister. “Due to their activities in the area they have destroyed GWI pipelines causing tremendous damage and compromising the quality of service we provide to the community of Mahdia.”
The Minister explained that the ruined pipelines would cause unwanted materials to enter the distribution system thereby endangering the health of the residents of Mahdia.
“These miners have no regard for safety and for the well-being of the community,” stated Minister Ali. “Open pipelines have disastrous results for the health of those served by the system.”
He added that GWI and the Ministry of Housing and Water have made tremendous strides in the delivery of water to hinterland communities and this recent setback poses a major obstacle.
“Due to tremendous investment and a hardworking team, we now provide water to 70 per cent of Guyana’s hinterland communities.” stated Minister Ali. “Because of this destruction we have to replace large sections of the distribution system, something that calls for significant finance.”
The Minister further explained that the destructive actions by the miners have affected the livelihood of the Mahdia community. “The damaged section of pipeline resulted in a reduction of pressure which severely affected the lives of the residents since less water was available for everyday activities. What angers me is that this has happened before and the miners were warned of the consequences.”
The Minister said that he will bring the matter to the attention of the relevant authorities and hopes that severe action will be taken against the offenders. “This is completely unacceptable,” stated Minister Ali, “beyond the destruction of our infrastructure, these miners must be aware that they are putting lives at risk by compromising the quality of water provided to the Mahdia Community.
“Anyone engaging in such wanton disregard for the water infrastructure and the safety of those who use it will be met with severe consequences.”
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