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Fishing Pond villagers do their own road repairs

Monday, March 19, 2018

Villagers of Fishing Pond in Sangre Grande say they have had enough of broken promises from politicians, so they have done somethings about poor state of roads and drains in their community. Pooling their resources and skills, they have done the repairs themselves.

A large section of the roadway in the rural farming community, extending from Gordon Miller Junction to Morin Bay, had been in an advanced state of disrepair, with potholes as deep as 12 inches in some places. With rain the potholes filled with water, creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Stagnant water accumulating in clogged drains filled the air with a foul stench.

Ramesh Jurai, chairman of a newly formed Neglected Rural Fishing Pond Group, told the T&T Fuardian: “We trying our best to make the roads more passable.”

He said the villagers did not want to protest by blocking roads and burning tyres.

“We are peace loving people with a crime free environment living in harmony and we want it to remain so. With the villagers providing some cash and materials, farmers providing machinery and equipment and labour, we are getting the job done,” he said.

Starting on Thursday, the villages came out with forks, shovels, hoes and other tools andd started the repairs which continued late into Friday evening. They managed to repair about one and a half miles of roadway.

Cumuto/Manzanilla MP Christine Newallo-Hosein said it was the first time she have seen that type of initiative taken by villagers and urged others to follow their good example.

“I also am tired of making complaints to the relevant authorities, but nothing seems to happen,” she said.

Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Terry Martin Rondon said he was aware of the problem but could not get funding for the repairs.

“I tired beg to have funding to have the road repaired,” he said.

One villager, who identified himself only as Big David, wants Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan to visit Fishing Pond to see the work that has been done.

He appealed to the minister: “We have done some of the infrastructure works, so to complete the work please provide some hot mix for us. We will provide the labour.”


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