Jan 29, 2016 News
Almost two months ago, a police prison vehicle was responsible for the damage to the rail of the bridge linking Eccles and Nandy Park.
Photographs were published by this newspaper, showing the police vehicle and the
damaged bridge rail.
Two weeks later the bridge remained in the same condition, with the wooden rail hanging at the side, prompting residents to demand its repair. Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken was contacted by this newspaper and he immediately ordered the Officer-in-Charge of the Sub-Division to have it rectified.
This newspaper was also assured by the officer that the facility would be repaired as soon as possible.
To date not only has the bridge not been repaired, but the hanging wooden rail has mysteriously disappeared.
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure continues to experience headaches to recover monies spent on repairing or replacing public property that was damaged by reckless motorists.
For last year alone, the Ministry expended in excess of $30M to repair or replace public infrastructure that was damaged by vehicular accident or deliberately vandalised.
This is compared to a mere $65,000 recovered from those who did the damage.
According to an official at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, there were 51 accidents which resulted in damage to street light structures including the poles.
The official said that the government covered the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged structures to the tune of $12.575M.
With respect to traffic light signals, it cost the government $17.494M to repair damage caused by 24 accidents. The official said that while the policy is for persons who damage public property to bear the cost of repair or replacement, it is sometimes difficult to identify the perpetrators, especially since most of the damage occurs at nights or in the wee hours of the morning.
In the case of the police vehicle damaging public property, the ministry cannot claim that it cannot identify the perpetrator.
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