PLACARDS APLENTY: Residents of Diamond and Esperance villages, near San Fernando,
display placards during their protest yesterday over the closure of a roadway linking both
communities. The residents were informed that the road will be closed during the construction
of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD
Diamond, Esperance villagers protest over road closure
Residents of Diamond and Esperance villages, near San Fernando, will continue to protest this morning against the closure of a roadway linking both communities.
The residents received information yesterday that the road will be closed to facilitate the construction of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.
Several families gathered along the narrow roadway and appealed to the authorities to refrain from closing the main access to their homes.
"We heard they were going to close the road, but we didn't think they would really do it. But yesterday we saw them putting up signs covered in black plastic. One of the residents opened the plastic and saw they were detour signs. The road is caving and narrow, but it is the main access into both communities. Thousands of people use this every day," said resident Nolan Ramlal.
Ramlal said residents were demanding that the authorities repair the roadway, instead of closing it to vehicular traffic.
"The alternative route is too long and inconvenient. We need this road because it is shorter and links Diamond to Esperance," he said.
Residents said they were not against the construction of the highway from San Fernando to Point Fortin.
"We have been tolerating them since the highway started. Our roadway went from a two-lane thoroughfare to a single lane because of the excavation work being done. Now they telling us the road will be closed. That is unfair," Ramlal said.
The residents are seeking a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to discuss their concerns.