Region 10 RDC bemoans Public Infrastructure Ministry’s sloth
Linden-Soesdyke road demarcation
The Regional Democratic Council of Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has called on the Public Infrastructure Ministry for the immediate marking of the Linden-Soesdyke highway, which has been of grave concern.
During the last statutory meeting, Councillor Charles Sampson noted that demarcated lines would reduce the number of fatalities on the roadway but posited that it appears as though their previous calls were overlooked.
Sampson posited that he has raised the issue on numerous occasions to no avail.
“The highway need to be marked and have lights. It seems that some senior official has to die before action is taken. It seems like some big one got to dead before they mark the line because we don’t have markings,” an evidently frustrated Councillor Sampson said.
Adding to these woes, there are large trees along the stretch of road which should be removed since it can easily fall on the roadway.
“Another thing to do and do it urgently when you pass by the high bridge there are a number of large trees along the highway and I keep saying that those trees can fall and cause serious accidents and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure should heed our calls and do something about this immediately,” he explained.
A comparison was made to other roads in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) which were fully lighted and marked upon completion as questions piled as to why the roadway was side-lined.
Regional Chairman Renis Morian, responded that since December, several letters were sent to the Ministry requesting that the road issue be addressed which was accompanied by a list of work that needs to be done.
“As of December 2018, I have sent no less than five letters to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure…I sent the list reminding that we are requesting marking and lightings on the road. It is my personal view that there are people in the establishment who is pushing back at development.”
He too was of the opinion that accidents would be reduced significantly as he stated, “I believe that with markings it will certainly reduce the accidents, which in most cases results in the loss of lives.
Again I hope that I don’t have to write several letters, so I will write number six letter and I hope that action is taken as there is need for proper road markings and lights,” Morian stressed.