Roads blocked in protest

Environmental activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh with protesters.
Environmental activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh with protesters.

PORT OF SPAIN — Some residents of Todd’s Road Village, Chaguanas, staged a protest yesterday claiming neglect by three members of parliament.

Residents blocked the 15-kilometre-long main road at two points, blocking vehicles from travelling to Chaguanas and Arima.

From as early as 4 a.m. residents emerged from their homes and burnt debris across the road.

The residents said parts of their community were in the United National Congress-controlled constituencies of Caroni Central (Glenn Ramadharsingh), Caroni East (Tim Gopeesingh) and La Horquetta/Talparo (Jairam Seemungal).

Within hours of the protest, Member of Parliament of Caroni Central Glenn Ramadharsingh met with protestors and told them that infrastructure work would be done in their area.

Protester Billy Basdeo, 42, who has lived in the community all of his life, said the residents were angered that their appeals for basic infrastructure were not being heard by any of the three MPs.

Basdeo said: “We basically want three things. Good roads, water and lights for all the residents, and for the Todd’s Road Recreation Ground to be upgraded and maintained. The government could do better for us.

“The road is filled with potholes and landslides. There are lights (electricity) on one side of the road, and we get water once per week. The savannah is overgrown. No one comes into this area except for election time. The government should not be treating us like this.”

Ramadharsingh said he was seeking to address the issues in the shortest possible time. (Express)

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