Buildings in Barrack and Duke Streets subjected to severe tremors because of pile driving at huge building site

Dear Editor,

We residents of the blocks of Barrack and Duke Streets, wish to bring to your attention the following matters; though late in the day, they are still pertinent to our peace and tranquillity. A building of huge size has been under construction since late last year in Duke Street, Kingston. In the process of clearing the ground of an old concrete floor, the excavator operator, rather than use the excavator bucket to rip the concrete floor, stamped the concrete floor to break it. This operation caused severe tremors to the buildings in close proximity to the worksite. Buildings cracked and shook due to the pile driving exercise for which there was no survey done to the surrounding properties to ascertain whether the buildings, most of which date back to the colonial era could withstand such an exercise. The workers do not work the normal 7 am to 4 pm work schedule. For the period early in January this year, workmen would begin as early as 5.30 am to hammer away at work.

Yours faithfully,

Malyka Rahaman

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