The Essequibo Coast villages of Lima Sands and Dredge Creek are now breathing a sigh of relief after work began on the construction of a $4 million culvert in an effort to alleviate flooding in the villages.
Some 2,000 residents are expected to benefit when the Pomeroon – Supenaam Regional Democratic Council (RDC) completes construction od the culvert across the Lima Sands Road.
According to the project report, it is 65 per cent completed and the deadline for completion is by the end of the year.
The RDC had budgeted for the culvert to alleviate continual flooding from the backlands and the Tapakuma savannah.
Regional Vice-Chairman, Humace Oudit said the culvert is one of the many initiatives the regional administration has undertaken to enhance residents’ lives.
“There are other minor projects, unlike this major one, within communities like Dartmouth, and Charity – that community’s bridge broke down [and] is currently being fixed… We will address all needs to be done,” he said.
Earlier this year, Lima Sands residents commended the RDC for the rehabilitation of their main access road. The project was undertaken after consultations among residents, then Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt and Mayor of Anna Regina Rajendra Prabhulall.
In 2018, the RDC started construction on a new section of road. It was subsequently abandoned after Councillors had argued that the new construction was narrow and inferior and had started to erode one month after initial construction.