Finance Minister Colm Imbert and Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan are being respectively invited by Naparima and Moruga residents to experience the “pleasure” of driving over two roads which residents want to rename in their honour the “Colm Imbert Boulevard” and the “Sinanan Drive.”
The roads—Garth Road, Piparo and Jaipaulsingh Road in Moruga— are said by councillors of each area to be the first and second worst roads in T&T.
Naparima residents, who want to rename Garth Road “The Colm Imbert Boulevard”, would like Imbert to experience the “pleasure” of negotiating the roadway which has 250 potholes and over 50 landslides along its three miles according to Naparima MP Rodney Charles.
Charles spoke about the issue after Imbert’s statement in Parliament on Tuesday that “more money is spent to repair rural roadways than urban roads.”
Charles is challenging Imbert “To drive his tax-free, million dollar, luxury vehicle along Garth Road at 20 kph any day— only then will he fully understand the daily frustrations which constituents face on what councillor Vashti Sookoo describes as the ‘worst road’ in the country.”
“What he fails to appreciate are the highly unstable geological conditions prevalent throughout Naparima and other south Trinidad areas which require special attention.
The Piparo volcano, Devil’s Woodyard and the thousands of landslides speak to highly unstable soils.
“Garth Road is a three-mile obstacle course with over 50 landslides and 250 potholes. The great geographic spread of rural constituencies, compared to compact roadways in urban areas, demand much bigger allocations.”
Charles called on Sinanan to drive along Jaipaulsingh Road which Moruga councillor Rafi Mohammed describes as “the second worst road” in T&T.
“Jaipaulsingh Road has hundreds of large potholes and consideration is being given to a petition for it to be renamed ‘Sinanan Drive’,” Charles added
“It’s time Ministers Imbert and Sinanan come out of their air-conditioned offices and experience first-hand the frustrations of commuters and the inadequacy of the budgetary allocations to deal effectively with terrible road conditions.
The Princes Town Regional Corporation, responsible for over 700 secondary roads and agricultural access traces, was allocated a mere $4million in the 2019 budget. The THA, responsible for roughly one third the population, was allocated $15 million”.
- by Gail Alexander