Corporation boss calls for PM’s intervention as...

Forty-three trucks used to sup­ply wa­ter, clean cesspools, trans­port ma­te­r­i­al and ser­vice the 40,000 plus burgess­es at the Ma­yaro/Rio Claro Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion are parked up be­cause they can­not pass in­spec­tion.

Chair­man Glen Ram says the ve­hi­cles are not road wor­thy and the cor­po­ra­tion does not have the funds to re­pair and main­tain them.

He called on Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley to in­ter­vene and en­sure that funds are re­leased to the cor­po­ra­tion.

He said, “In this time in the re­gion of Ma­yaro/Rio Claro all our trucks are down. So in the re­gion, peo­ple are clam­our­ing, they are cry­ing.

They are re­sort­ing to go­ing in­to the rivers for wa­ter.

Those ar­eas which do not have a pipe-borne sup­ply de­pend on the re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tion to sup­ply wa­ter with our trucks from the cor­po­ra­tion.”

While the coun­try has been told to brace of a harsh dry sea­son, he said the cor­po­ra­tion’s three wa­ter trucks are down.

Thir­teen ar­eas de­pend on a truck-borne sup­ply of wa­ter. The cor­po­ra­tion al­so has no funds to award con­tracts for ad­di­tion­al wa­ter trucks to ser­vice the burgess­es.

Cesspool emp­tiers are al­so parked up, he said.

“We have a back­log at this time be­cause we are un­able to clean cesspits.

Al­so, a num­ber of schools need their cesspits cleaned, we nor­mal­ly as­sist but we are un­able to do so. They might even have to close,” Ram said.

In ad­di­tion, he said, the cor­po­ra­tion can­not trans­port ma­te­r­i­al to re­pair roads be­cause the dump trucks are al­so down. Even though the trucks need­ed re­pairs, Ram said, they were us­ing it.

How­ev­er, they could no longer chance it be­cause of the hefty penal­ty for non-in­spect­ed ve­hi­cles.

As a re­sult, dri­vers have been re­de­ployed to cut grass and clean drains. Ram said he spoke to Rur­al De­vel­op­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein about the sit­u­a­tion and for­ward­ed him the doc­u­ments, but there has been no help.

“So what the peo­ple in this re­gion are telling me at this time is that they are go­ing to re­sort to head­ing to streets and protest­ing be­cause they are fed up.

There is on­ly so much the re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tion could do.

Every sin­gle coun­cil­lor is be­ing bom­bard­ed with calls in terms of peo­ple call­ing for wa­ter, to have their cesspit cleaned and we are un­able to pro­vide a ser­vice which we are en­ti­tled to do so.

So I am call­ing on the Prime Min­is­ter of this coun­try to re­lease funds to the re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tion which was passed in the 2018/2019 bud­get.

We want the mon­ey which was so as­signed to our cor­po­ra­tion so that we could get the work done for the peo­ple in the re­gion,” the chair­man said.

He com­plained that the cor­po­ra­tion’s bud­get al­lo­ca­tion for the sup­ply of truck-borne wa­ter was slashed from $1 mil­lion to $400,000.

He said, “So the peo­ple in Ma­yaro/Rio Claro is in a bad predica­ment and the Gov­ern­ment is fail­ing the peo­ple,” he lament­ed.

When con­tact­ed, Ho­sein said he was aware of the sit­u­a­tion.

He said, “We are in a chal­lenge so we con­tin­ue to li­aise with the Min­istry of Fi­nance to en­sure that re­leas­es are made avail­able to the cor­po­ra­tion.”

The min­is­ter could not say when the funds will be re­leased.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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