SOME residents of Todd’s Road Village, Chaguanas, staged a protest yesterday claiming neglect by three Members of Parliament.
Residents blocked the 15-kilometre-long main road at two points, blocking vehicles from travelling to Chaguanas and Arima.
From as early as 4 a.m. residents emerged from their homes and burnt debris across the road.
The residents said parts of their community were in the United National Congress-controlled constituencies of Caroni Central (Glenn Ramadharsingh), Caroni East (Tim Gopeesingh) and La Horquetta/Talparo (Jairam Seemungal).
Within hours of the protest, Member of Parliament of Caroni Central Glenn Ramadharsingh met with protestors and told them that infrastructure work would be done in their area.
Protester Billy Basdeo, 42, who has lived in the community all of his life, said the residents were angered that their appeals for basic infrastructure were not being heard by any of the three MPs.
Basdeo said: “We basically want three things. Good roads, water and lights for all the residents, and for the Todd’s Road Recreation Ground to be upgraded and maintained. The Government could do better for us.
“The road is filled with potholes and landslides. There are lights (electricity) on one side of the road, and we get water once per week. The savannah is overgrown. No one comes into this area except for election time. The Government should not be treating us like this.”
Ramadharsingh told the Express that he is seeking to address the issues in the shortest possible time. “I visited them and I have already appointed someone to deal with their issues. I gave them a commitment that in two weeks time they will get the ground graded. I also said I will look into better lighting facilities. I was in touch with Mr Jairam Seemungal (MP for La Horquetta/Talparo) and he told me he will make representation for the roads and contact the Minister of Works.”
Ramadharsingh said he had previously spoken with the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago to upgrade the facilities at the recreation ground, as well as with the Couva/ Tabaquite/ Tabaquite Talparo Regional Corporation to provide maintenance work.
Superintendent of Police, Johnny Abraham, led a party of police officers of the Central Police Division to the area, and fire officers of the Chaguanas Police Station extinguished the burning debris.