Despite the current flood situation being a countrywide issue, residents of the Herstelling New Scheme say that theirs is a regular scenario that can be avoided, if only the Neighbourhood Democratic Council pays heed to their never ending complaints.
“Is de roads mek we getting floods to this extent. We live in a hole, and when the water in the trench at Mocha raise, all rolling into the hole and we got to suffer. All we need is a cover fuh the culvert. We buy a cheap one already but it float away,” noted one resident.
“Is de bad roads mek we getting floods to this extent. The roads them very low and need to be filled, or fixed. This is the NDC job. When deh do decide to do work, they doing only shabby work. We need better roads among other things,” another resident said.
Just recently, Kaieteur News featured an article on the deplorable condition of the entrance to “Avenue A” of the Herstelling Housing Scheme where the holes are expanding and drivers are having difficulty traversing.
Yet nothing has been done to put the residents, who now have to pay a taxi fare of $400 as compared to the $300.
Kaieteur News learnt that the NDC took “some money” from the $3M government subvention they were given, and did crusher stone work on the same road some time last year. This, the residents say, was also shoddy work.
Chairperson of the NDC, Mrs. Sukhraj, had said that the weather has also played a big role in preventing the NDC from executing works on these streets.
However, she had promised to have a Bobcat in the area shortly to begin clearing the streets in preparation for repair works.
But some residents are not satisfied with this. They claim that the NDC has been making such promises for a while now, yet nothing has materialized.
“She keeps saying that… singing that tune, and nothing has been done till now. Our streets are in terrible condition. Our culvert needs a cover, our trenches and drains need cleaning. They are getting worse as the days go by,” added another resident.
Many had also complained that senior officials at the NDC office are not doing what they are being paid to do. Some even threatened that they will to go to the Ministry of Local Government with the names of those persons at the NDC office who would victimize members of the public when they make complaints.
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