Collapsed section of Moruga road reopens

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 06:00

Less than a week af­ter a land­slip swal­lowed part of the Moru­ga Main Road at In­di­an Walk, the area is now ac­ces­si­ble as the col­lapsed road has been re­opened to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic.

On Sat­ur­day night, the Min­istry of Works de­clared the road pass­able and al­lowed ac­cess to one lane traf­fic. The con­trac­tors Gen­er­al Earth Movers are con­tin­u­ing to do restora­tive work on the land­slip.

MP for Moru­ga Dr Lovell Fran­cis post­ed pho­tos of the road on Sat­ur­day.

He wrote, “Hap­py to re­port that the Moru­ga Road at In­di­an Walk is once again open to traf­fic. Cheers, and en­joy your evening.”

Res­i­dents ex­pressed re­lief that the area was now ac­ces­si­ble to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic.

Di­anne Mark, whose home sits on the brink of the precipice said she was hap­py that ac­cess was re­stored.

For four days, res­i­dents and school chil­dren could not get to work and school as ve­hi­cles could not pass. Many were forced to use a four-mile de­tour to get to their des­ti­na­tions.

The res­i­dents blamed a leak­ing wa­ter line for the dev­as­ta­tion. Mark said the line had been leak­ing for years. Sev­er­al years ago, a house be­long­ing to her neigh­bours Jean and Kelvin Molli­no caved in­to a precipice.

Last De­cem­ber, Car­ol Young and her fam­i­ly were forced to evac­u­ate their home af­ter large cracks be­gan de­vel­op­ing in their con­crete house.

- Radhica De Silva