Respect the environment
THIS is an open letter to the ministers concerned.
We are having weird weather conditions. Yes, but the whole world is having the same problem. We have to learn to live with it as citizens but you the Government, what are you doing to change habits to alleviate the hardships incurred by flooding and devastation? Are you thinking of the people or of votes?
Hampers and more money thrown at residents will not solve the problem, not today nor tomorrow. Those are only temporary.
Take a real hard look at the environmental impact from the heavy rains, from the hillsides to the sea.
Where are the Government programmes to replant the hills instead of “CEPEP-ing” them? Painting the hills is not a flood barrier, neither is cutting the grass so it looks pretty.
It is a shame and a total disgrace for the governments of today and yesterday to allow those houses to be littered all over the Northern Range without a real plan for their environmental impact. It is totally disgraceful for the governments of today and yesterday to allow illegal quarry operators to be raping our natural forests and mountainsides for profit.
Then again do we have any minister or members of their teams with the qualifications to do an environmental study?
The people, too, must learn to respect the environment. Stop throwing things into waterways. It does not magically disappear. Stop slash and burn practices on the hills.
A good start by the Government would be to stop/suspend all building permits and all illegal building activities on the hills until an assessment on the impact of clearing the brush is done.
The brush, trees and undergrowth stop the water from cascading down the hills in a free-fall. We need the brush and trees. Stop destroying the landscape. That is so simple to understand. Clearing the rivers and removing debris from the waterways is not the only answer to preventing the flooding. Look at the source, not the aftermath.
You guys are only playing politics when you load up your vans and mamaguay the people with hampers and mattresses etc.
It is time you, the Government in power, get real and pass laws or really enact the laws on the books to stop people building illegally on river banks and hills. An example is a new structure on the Bonne Aventure Road just east of Charles Street in Gasparillo.
Who gave permission for that large commercial building directly on the river bank to be built there?
What if later on the river starts to erode the building? Will the Government now have to come and pay compensation to the owner for a silly idea in the first place?
Another stupid idea just for money making for a chosen few is box drains. Most times they hamper the natural flow of waterways and mini-streams, causing a real time back-up because of the “lip” created by the blocks.
The CEPEP idea is a total waste of money and manpower—not forgetting two people holding a piece of crocus bag for another to weed wack. That is so hilarious. They really get paid to hold that up?
Come on Kamla, get your act together. You promised so much and are delivering so little.
Wazir Mohammed via e-mail