It has been one month since the drainage works along the Parika Access Road on the East Bank of Essequibo (EBE) have caused a rupture at the side of the roadway. This rupture continues to expand, and until now, efforts have not been initiated to fix the mishap.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, Chairman of the Parika-Mora Neighbourhood Democratic Council, Jaideo Sookhoo, explained that under the guidance of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, works were carried out by a private company to fix the main drainage system.He noted that this road is the main access road to some communities, and while the roadway has not been obstructed, the crack can cause the road to collapse, due to the absence of a support mechanism. Moreover, he said, the crack poses a danger to motor vehicles in the night, and can cause serious accidents.This publication was told that the road was recently upgraded and paved with asphalt. However, the rupture expanded and wooden planks were used to alert drivers to the danger.“A construction company was doing work at the main drain, and their machine (caused) the land to ‘pull’ and cause that. People are using the same road, but it is dangerous and can erode. They need to fix it, because it is dangerous. It is the only main access road for Parika Back, Naamryck and that area,” the Chairman stated.The damaged area along the roadway which has expanded and is now metres deepMeanwhile, one individual related that she was driving on the street a few days ago when she almost lost control from driving onto the fissure. At that time, the gap was just a few inches wide, but it has been expanding after several observations were made.“This road will sink or break off if they don’t fill the space, because it’s a few feet deep. Apparently I didn’t see it at first, and then I drive over and the car just swerved, and then there’s no light,” she stated.Guyana Times attempted to contact the Public Infrastructure Minister for a comment on the matter, but those calls went unanswered.Meanwhile, this is not the first exercise in recent times which has affected NDCs. Just recently, the Tuschen-Uitvlugt NDC was affected by the excavation of the Boeraserie dam by persons who were using the excavated material to fill a playground. After intervention from the Regional Democratic Council, those operations were halted.
Classes at the Timehri Primary School on the East Bank of Demerara were abruptly suspended on Monday afternoon after a grenade was found in the possession of a Grade Five pupil.Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that a teacher noticed the child playing with the explosive device, which she subsequently inspected and concluded tentatively was indeed a “real” grenade.She, nevertheless, had doubts and as such, took the device to the head teacher of the school who thought that it was a toy grenade. Not satisfied with the opinion of the head teacher, the teacher went to another colleague, who after examining the item was similarly convinced that it was a genuine grenade, given its weight and appearance.Timehri Primary SchoolThis prompted the teacher in question to contact the Police, who confirmed that the “toy” grenade was, in fact, real. This caused pandemonium in the school, and the children were seen rushing out of the building. A source told this publication that the child who was playing with the explosive device was taken to the Timehri Police Station and his relatives were contacted.Up to late Monday afternoon, the head teacher and the parents, along with the child, were being questioned. Attempts to make contact with an education official proved futile. Calls to Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine’s phone went unanswered.Also, attempts to contact Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum proved futile. When contacted, ranks at the Timehri Police Station told Guyana Times that they could not divulge any information on the find.