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.
Organizer Michelle Laboucane says preparations are going well. “Fast and furious; it’s quite amazing,” she says, “The stands are up and getting into place, the ring – the actual arena part – is getting built, the stables are ready to go, all the feed is being brought in. It’s amazing!” The officers and their horses will be arriving earlier in the week for a number of appearances, and the stables will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, for the public to meet the performers. – Advertisement -The Musical Ride was last in Fort St. John in 1993, and also took place in 1981 and 1977. First developed in 1876, RCMP use the event as a tool to share information about and support community policing efforts, as well as contribute to local non-profit organizations.Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the North Peace Justice Society and the Fort St. John Rotary Club, in return for their planning of the event. So far around 1,500 have been sold, with capacity for 2,700 at each show. Tickets are available through the North Peace Cultural Centre online or by calling 250-785-1992, as well as at the gate. Advertisement Laboucane, the Coordinator for the North Peace Justice Society, says the response from the public to the Musical Ride has been overwhelming. “People remember back in ’93 when it was here, and they remember how it was at the older rodeo grounds,” she says. “The Musical Ride is one of those things that you don’t get to see very often… It’s something that you only get to see once every five years, if that, and when you know somebody in the ride, it makes it even that much more special.” The musical ride is particularly special for the region this year, as not only is there a local officer performing as part of the ride, Inspector Pat Egan also took part in the 1980′s, and a current officer will be joining next year. Constable Brett Cunningham joined the Musical Ride last year after serving at the FortSt. John detachment since 2008, and Constable Kyle Kifferling will be joining him this summer to train for next year’s ride. The day after the ride a regimental dinner will be held as a fundraiser for Cops for Cancer. The charity ball will be held at the Pomeroy Hotel, including a dinner, entertainment by a comedian, and a dance. Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased at the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre, Patch Java or the Fort St. John RCMP detachment by July 8.Advertisement