Kamla pleads with Works Minister to address disastrous conditions along Clarke Road

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Kamla pleads with Works Minister to address disastrous conditions along Clarke Road

Opposition leader and Siparia MP, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, is calling on the Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, to take immediate action to ensure several of her constituents are not cut off from the rest of society.

In a release on Saturday, Persad-Bissessar said:
“As the Member of Parliament for Siparia, I am calling on the Minister of Works and Transport to immediately address the disastrous road conditions caused by two major landslips on Clarke Road which have all but cut off residents from the rest of society.”

According to the Opposition Leader, the lives of her constituents are being put at risk, the longer the Ministry takes to carry out repairs.

“These landslips have also placed the lives of residents in danger, because in the event of an emergency, relief vehicles or personnel will not be able to access these communities,” she stated.

Persad-Bissessar added that she had written to Minister Sinanan about the situation on more than one occasion, but the Ministry is yet to act on her urgent requests for her constituents.  She also pointed to the fact that she was prevented from raising the issue via an urgent question, in Friday’s sitting of Parliament.

She said: “It is unacceptable that thousands of citizens from the communities along Clarke Road, Rochard Road, Penal Rock Road, Wilson Road and environs have been prevented from accessing their homes, deprived of going to their places of work, and hindered from operating their businesses. In addition, students have been hindered from attending school due to the unsafe and impassable road conditions.”

“This disaster is a double blow for the people of Siparia, as many are already facing hardship as a result of the current economic crisis caused by this PNM Government,” she said, “to now see their standard of living and well-being depleted due to the inability to access their places of work and operate their businesses.”

“I call on the Minister to address this problem urgently,” the Opposition Leader added.