Works Ministry issues statement on Barrackpore protest

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    (Photo: Reevan Ramnanan)

    The Ministry of Works and Transport has hinted at charges in connection with this morning’s fiery protests in Barrackpore.

    Burning debris was used to block several roads, as persons protested issues such as poor road conditions, a lack of agricultural access roads for farmers and the lack of a proper pipe-borne water supply.

    In a release, the Ministry claims that today’s protest affected seven locations along the Barrackpore connector roads and will cost $375,000 to repair the asphalt surface that was damaged by the fires.

    It says the intentional damage of Government property is an offence punishable under law, and as such, the TTPS will “investigate this matter, and all appropriate legal action will be taken”.

    The Ministry adds that the funding required for those repair works could have been used for other critical road rehabilitation works in the community.

    Additionally, it claims the Highways Division has undertaken routine maintenance in Barrackpore, with a recent assessment indicating that the Rochard Douglas Road is generally good, despite localized failures caused by WASA.

    However, it adds that the condition of the Papourie and St. Croix Road is of concern.

    According to the Ministry, work is being done to address landslips on St. Croix Road and the rehabilitation of Papourie Road in “the shortest possible time”.

    It adds that design works have been approved to address localized landslips in the area, while PURE has undertaken considerable works in Moruga/Tableland, with approximately 70 ongoing and completed projects, including slope stabilization, bridge construction, road and drainage works.

    The release also says:

    “While the Ministry acknowledges the challenges residents and motorists face in this
    community, the damage and inconvenience caused by such counterproductive action are
    irresponsible and unpatriotic. The Ministry is currently treating with the challenge of maintaining and rehabilitating aged and ageing infrastructure which is an expensive undertaking. Therefore, such actions only serve to undermine the work being done by the Highways Division, given our current financial constraints.”