Authorities ignoring eroded Mahdia road

– regional councillor

Appeals to government for repairs to the eroded Mahdia access road are being ignored, according to Region Eight Councillor Mohamed Naieem Gafoor, who says three ministries have been alerted about the situation but have not acted.

“Why are the authorities ignoring this?” Gafoor asked as he called on the government and specifically the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment to address the issue.

A truck driver on the deteriorated Mahdia Road preparing to have his vehicle pulled out
A truck driver on the deteriorated Mahdia Road preparing to have his vehicle pulled out

The section of the road that is badly damaged is located some nine miles from Mahdia and is the only access road to the mining community. Some areas along the road are estimated to have been eroded by some three feet.

A driver standing in the depth of the eroded Mahdia Road
A driver standing in the depth of the eroded Mahdia Road

The situation, Gafoor told Stabroek News, has been brought up at regional council meetings for it to be addressed but to no avail. He said that he tried to garner the support of the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Public Works, through the appropriate channels, but also to no avail. This, he said, prompted him to raise the issue with the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, since the region is responsible for a significant percentage of the country’s overall gold production. However, he received no assistance in this regard.

Highlighting the effects of the deteriorated roadway, Gafoor, a councillor for the Alliance for Change, said road users often have to exit their vehicles and pull it across the road, which is a painstaking task and many are forced to resort to walking.

The eroded Mahdia access road
The eroded Mahdia access road

 

 

Latest in Local News

default placeholder

Gov’t needs to put more money in economy – private sector head

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) says it is willing to work with the government in all of its endeavours but it needs to increase spending in the economy.

default placeholder

Private sector calls for full public debate on parking meters

Full public debate on the proposed installation of parking meters in the capital was called for yesterday by the Private Sector Commission (PSC).

Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith

No politics at UG

Less than two weeks after he assumed office as the Tenth Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith has said that he is not prepared to be the VC of a university where politics intrudes and undermines the work of students and faculty.

default placeholder

Cops getting crowd control training in China

Twenty ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) are now in China undergoing specialised training, GINA said on Thursday. Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan said the training is a result of a promise previously made by the Chinese government.

default placeholder

Guyana awaiting UN chief’s move on border controversy

Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge yesterday assured that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is still actively considering the way forward to resolve the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy.

default placeholder

Fury over some appointments to Linden TV station Board

The addition of some persons to the Board of Trustees of Region 10 Broadcasting Inc (RBI) has generated controversy with at least one regional councillor threatening protests over the appointments and the manner in which they were done.

Robin Raymond Elkanah Gordon

Body of missing Parfait Harmonie man pulled from canal

The partially decomposed body of a man who was missing for two days, was yesterday afternoon found in a canal at Onderneeming, Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, a short distance from his home.

default placeholder

Information and communication tech needs in rural, hinterland areas to be evaluated

An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) needs assessment project will get underway in hinterland and rural communities in Guyana soon, GINA said yesterday.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: