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“The government can build Marriots and four- lane roads and they cannot build a proper road for us in East Bank Berbice!”- angry residentBy Leon SuseranResidents of East Bank Berbice (EBB) will now have to wait until 2014 for a new EBB road. The President of Guyana, Mr. Donald Ramotar, made this recent announcement, even though it was announced in September last year by Regional Chairman David Armogan that a new road would have been “likely” this year (2013). And East Bank Berbicians did not welcome this announcement.This did not go down well with them so they shut down the entire thoroughfare yesterday (WEDNESDAY). Cars and other vehicles lined the roadway, blocking entrance and exit into the area. They were fed up about the “empty promises” made by several government officials concerning the road over the past months; a most recent, by Region 6 Chairman ,Mr. David Armogan, only September last year.“It is hardly likely that they will have a new road by the end of the year,” Armogan told the media back then. He added that while the administration sees the venture as a “possible” one, “my understanding is that Cabinet is in the process or has already gotten almost US$7M from a negotiated loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to do that road project”.“Hopefully sometime next year [2013] that road project should take off, Armogan stated in September 2012.But now it seems that this will not become a reality this year and residents and hire car operators are at their wits’ end since no new road is expected earlier than 2014. Residents and drivers feel duped again and fuming has begun once more. Yesterday, they fumed and fumed and vented their frustrations. “The government can build Marriots and four- lane roads and they cannot build a proper road for us in East Bank Berbice!” said one furious resident. A derilict vehicle was also used to block a section of the roadway, while placards read: “enough is enough!”; “give us a decent road”; and “we need a good road now…are we pigs to live in a hole?”The President, over the weekend, said that he knows the road has been an inconvenience it “affects us economically because that area produces a lot of stuff that comes out of there. He stated that the government has approached the IDB for a loan they [IDB] requested a study be done first before the money is disbursed “so we are trying to accelerate that to try and bring that forward as fast as possible”. He committed to “an outside date” to build “a road that we want to build for the East bank of Berbice would be the beginning of next year—the latest—we are working very hard to see if we can do it this year”. He promised that all of the resources to maintain the road in the meantime, will be used.Impassable stateThe EBB road is in an impassable state.  One hire car driver, whose comment was sought, stated that he does not believe that a new road is even possible next year, seeing that that the project will first have to be placed in the 2014 budget,Wholesale China Jerseys, which is usually presented in March or April of any given year. Tendering processes and award of contract, etc would take place way after the budget, adding to many delays,Wholesale Jerseys USA, the driver stated. “So it’s a long struggle from now until next year. Eight years ago President Bharrat Jagdeo made the same promise to the people at Plantation Highbury and every year they keep renewing the promise, so this seems to be another empty promise”,Wholesale NBA Jerseys China, he stated.The driver is concerned about the destruction of the road by a civil contractor in the area as well. “The irony is that H. Nauth [Contracting] continues to hammer this road with their big eight- tonne trucks with loads”. “This road does not have weight limits”, he complained. Also, the driver claimed that a cement bagging facility in the area is also damaging the road further. “Each truck carries ten slings of cement and each sling has forty sacks – that is over eighteen tonnes plus the weight of the trucks—ten trucks sometimes ply the road at one time that is over eighteen tonnes on this road!”The driver is asking the opposition in Parliament “to press the government to divert money to build the EBB road”. “They are building four- lane roads—is that necessary?” he questioned.Motorists shut down East Bank Berbice roadwayThe East Bank Berbice corridor, over the years,Brock Holt Jersey, has developed to be Berbice’s main trading and commerce corridor.The area has four sawmills,jerseys nfl wholesale, a cement packing facility, a fertilizer bagging and blending facility, the two main petrol bonds and terminals which distributes kerosene, gasoline and dieseline to the entire Berbice area.It is also the link to a major housing scheme,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, several schools, the farming area of Mara and other far- flung agrarian- based villages. It runs in an area in which the sugar company has a large expanse of sugar plantations too.Yesterday, the motorists and residents shut down the roadway and threatened to maintain the shutdown until the President visits the area.
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