Ministry of Public Works to remove road charges from Monday – Demerara Waves Online News – Guyana
Updated on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 2:51 p.m. by Denis Chabrol
Public Works Minister Juan Edghill warned on Friday that time had run out for the voluntary removal of loads and abandoned vehicles near roads and announced that from Monday an operation would begin to remove them.
Addressing the turf launching ceremony for the construction of a 7.8 kilometer road between Ogle, East Coast Demerara and Haags-Bosch, East Bank Demerara, he suggested that the use of government reserves near the public roads would no longer be permitted. “If someone comes out with a dog food stand or a cart selling food or someone decides to go to the reserve and wash a car and call it a car wash, should we allow that as a country stops the development of Guyana?… We cannot allow this,” he said.
Mr Edghill said that for several weeks now the Department of Public Works has issued notices in the media asking people to remove the charges from all government reservations along the route, but action would now be taken against those who refused to do so. “This move request period is over. From Monday, the Ministry of Public Works will begin to move wreckage, sand, stone, debris; anything that gets in the way and clutters the shoulders of the road the length and breadth of Guyana,” he said. At the same time, he assured that the construction materials used for the work in progress would not be washed away.
The public works minister said the stakes, bricks and rocks that reserve parking areas would be transported by a team from the public works ministry. he said these objects pose risks to life and limb. “We must end the anarchy while we develop Guyana,” he added.
He said if the owners of the removed items were to take them back, they would have to pay the government the cost of the removal.
Recalling that police had been ordered to evict a man who obstructed the erection of a plaque at ‘mile zero’, Mr Edghill said the ‘lawlessness and recklessness’ which could be fueled by a political agenda would not be tolerated.
The road, which will be built at a cost of more than $300 million, including a $50 million line of credit from India’s Export-Import Bank (EXIM), is expected to ease traffic congestion in and around India. outside of Georgetown. “They don’t have to drive through the city to create more traffic jams in the city, more time wasted on the road,” Public Works Minister II Deodat Indar said.
India’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr. KJ Srinivasa, noted that the line of credit for the project was approved eight years ago. “Better late than never,” he said.