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Turn some attention to roads in Arima

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Open letter to Jack Warner, Minister of Works and Transport: I write publicly since letters sent to your office are never acknowledged. I am certain that I can speak for the entire Borough of Arima and those who must visit Arima for whatever reasons. All of our roadways are in urgent need of upgrade like about ten years ago. If we have to wait on WASA to determine when, then we probably would have to wait another ten years. By that time Arima may become known as the only borough in this hemisphere to return to donkey cart days.

The other option may be to have cars, made especially for the residents, outfitted with tractor tyres and the relative shock absorbents. As you leave Arima headed towards Valencia on the main road, there is a stretch of road where the WASA pipe is obviously corroded with a quarter mile radius. About three weeks ago, the WASA crew came, dug, up a large hole, repaired the leak and within the week covered the area. The following week, they came and dug up the same area and within that week covered the area with asphalt this time. The next week the same area began to leak and the asphalted area has opened up. Typically Trinidadian style, or simply say WASA’s style?

Furthermore, the whole stretch now has pockets of areas leaking. Sir, your ministry is talking about a $5 billion highway to Point Fortin. How on earth could you reach there when the simple roadways cannot be properly fixed? Finally, I urge you to revisit any contractor(s) who may have done road repairs in Arima over the last five years and determine whether they should be paid for the poor works they have done; for example, the Quesnel street area. I hope you would remember Arima and not forget us as the PNM administration, over the last five decades.

M Wong


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