Protest over hole big enough to fit a person

A group of Preysal res­i­dents fear their com­mu­ni­ty may be in of be­ing cut off as part of the main ac­cess road­way has caved in, leav­ing an eight-feet deep hole near the Preysal Bridge.

The pave­ment where chil­dren walk every day on their way to school now al­so has no sup­port un­der it and can sink in at any time. The rail­ing along the near­by bridge has al­so giv­en way and cracks have start­ed de­vel­op­ing in hous­es and walls near the erod­ed bridge.

Frus­trat­ed with the lack of re­sponse from Gov­ern­ment, res­i­dents, led by the Preysal Com­mu­ni­ty Ac­tion Al­liance, staged a plac­ard protest to high­light the prob­lem ear­li­er to­day.

Al­liance pres­i­dent Mi­ran­da Mo­hammed said the ero­sion start­ed a year ago but was ex­ac­er­bat­ed by re­cent rains and flood­ing.

"We have raised this with the MP and the re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tion and noth­ing was done. We are call­ing on the Min­is­ter of Works to fix the Preysal Bridge now be­cause it is a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen."

She al­so said the San Fran­cis­co bridge off Chick­land has al­so been dam­aged.

"The wall of the bridge dam­aged, the Preysal bridge is on the verge of col­lapse and the Chor­ro Bridge is al­so be­ing erod­ed," Mo­hammed said.

Res­i­dents are wor­ried that the 4,000 of them who live in the com­mu­ni­ty may soon be cut off.

Sal­ly Pragg, who lives next to the bridge, said her wall is lean­ing be­cause of the ero­sion.

"Since De­cem­ber 2016 we no­ticed the bridge was be­ing erod­ed but now it is worse. Some­one can fall in­to that hole and die," she said.

Res­i­dent Shir­van Ramjit al­so said stu­dents from the Preysal High School, Preysal Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry school and two preschools in the area pass on the erod­ing bridge every day and it is now a haz­ard for them.

The T&T Guardian will bring you more as this sto­ry de­vel­ops.

- by Radhica De Silva

Photo by Rishi Ragoonath

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