Sometime ago there was an announcement in the print and electronic media by Senator Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Works and Transport, that he was going to repair all the bad roads in our country, whether they be main, secondary or agricultural access roads. At that time, I said to myself we are going to see roads in the rural areas of our country that are in deplorable conditions, repaired and in better conditions for the motorists and pedestrians.

Well, the local government election is today. I am disappointed to say the Works and Transport Minister has not kept his promises.

I am now making an appeal to Senator Sinanan to give these roads some attention by repairing the roads in the electoral districts of Cumuto, Tamana namely the Cumuto Main Road which is one of the main roads mostly used by motorists and the travelling public to go to all parts of the country. Another road that needs fixing is the Little Caura Road where the two candidates contesting the local government election live not far from one another.

In the village of Coryal the Tamana Hill Road on the junction of Cumuto Main Road leading to the primary school, the community centre, there are pot holes and other depressions that need patching up. Also, the Bonair Road connecting the neighbouring villages to the town of Sangre Grande urgently need fixing because of the many pot holes, depressions, landslides. As a result of those problems, the PTSC stopped its bus service more than six years ago. The Carmichael Road which leads to the Tamana Mountain, the highest peak in the Central Range, and the bat caves which is a tourist attraction frequently visited by locals and tourist to do research and to watch the thousands of bats flying out from the caves to feed.

I hope my appeal does not fall on deaf ears and something positive will happen in having these roads repaired.

Rasheed Khan

Coryal Villiage


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