Black Bush Polder welcomes new roads, bids farewell to mud dams

Residents of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), specifically in Black Bush Polder, have experienced a transformative change with the construction of new roads, eliminating the need to traverse muddy paths.
Prior to the construction of this new road, yards within the area would often flood and cause damage to lots of gardens and would create challenges for residents to commit to daily activities such as washing and cooking. This new infrastructural change has shifted the outcome for residents marked a significant change compared to the previous trials’ residents would have had to undergo.
According to a Department of Public Information (DPI) report, from this transformative move undertaken by the government, residents have expressed that the construction of these new roads has brought to them a vast sense of relief as they no longer have deal with the previous risks and challenges caused by the last mud dam.
Speaking with the DPI, a longtime resident of the area the difficulties of navigating the muddy paths has been going on for decades. Describing the experiencing by saying that the residents were punishing from the old road, she expressed that when flooding occurred within the area, she and other residents would constantly have to walk with a stick to not get carried away by waves and yet still they would constantly fall. With the implementation of this new road, they can now go to the market and come home with vehicular modes of transport straight to their house.
Another resident emphasized the profound impact the mud dam had on school-going children, especially her own. Despite the challenges faced, she expressed deep gratitude towards the government for initiating the construction of new roads, noting the scores of benefits it will bring to the community. “Since the children used to go through mud from primary school to high school, the new road will greatly benefit everyone,” the resident shared. In the same sentiments Vastie David, highlighted the improved accessibility for school children, she stated, “The road is alright for the school children. It was hard when the rain fell, you didn’t want to come out. Now you get a smooth street to ride your motorbike.” The massive overhaul of these 20 interior roads in Black Bush Polder serves as promise kept by the Public Works Ministry’s Miscellaneous Road Programme in enhancing communities throughout Guyana.