Nov 08, 2011 News
Months after a contract to construct a new bridge to link the La Parfaite Harmonie Housing
Scheme to Canal Number One Polder was awarded, work is still to start.
The current structure at that West Bank Demerara location has been a source of concern to the hundreds of residents who live in that area where the bridge is the main entrance to the area.
In May, during the commissioning of a $57M water well at La Parfaite Harmonie, Housing Minister, Irfaan Ali, had indicated that a contract to replace the current structure with a steel one had been awarded.
Almost six months have passed with the only works seen so far are the number of wooden piles and concrete structures lying in a camp area, a few metres from the bridge.
Drivers have been complaining of the increasingly deteriorating state of the structure with the rails starting to lean and the sections now jutting dangerously.
One biker reportedly fell last week and there have been complaints of damage to vehicles.
According to one taxi driver, the bridge and conditions of several roads leave much to be desired. Minibuses are now refusing to venture into some parts of the scheme.
There are two entrances to La Parfaite Harmonie- one through the Canal Number One Polder main road and another via Independence Street, La Grange.
La Parfaite Harmonie is one of the largest housing schemes in the country with more lands being allocated to extend it even further.
Another main access road has been planned for the housing area leading from the direction of the Demerara Harbour Bridge.
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