Early morning protest in Gran Couva over deplorable roads | WATCH

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Early morning protest in Gran Couva over deplorable roads | WATCH

Frustrated residents of Gran Couva, Pepper Village and La Vega Village staged an early morning protest on Monday over the deplorable road conditions in the community.

Reports state that from as early as 5am, the disgruntled residents placed wooden pallets on the roadway and blocked Cameron Road, the only access to Caparo Valley Brasso Main Road.

Cameron Road has been the only access to the community since the Gran Couva Main Road collapsed on November 28, 2022.

Speaking to media, spokesman Parsmesh Maraj said teams from the Ministry of Works have visited the site and nothing has since been done.

He said parts of Cameron Road are also collapsing and many of the estates and small businesses in the area are losing money.

Residents also complained that garbage collection cannot be properly undertaken and the Gran Couva RC school would be cut off should Cameron Road collapse.


(video courtesy Inshan Ishmael

In a GML report, Ryan Rampersad, the Chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite./Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) said the Ministry of Works should have installed some temporary shoring or restraints against the landslide and backfill it to ensure that the area is passable until major works could be carried out.

Rampersad said a temporary fix could be carried out until the testing and resources can be allocated “We have been calling on the MOWT to carry out the necessary repairs, it’s a major inconvenience in the back there. The Gran Couva Police have to traverse through Carlsen Field to respond to any incidents in the area. In the interim several minor roads are taking a serious pounding.