Minister of Works Emmanuel George yesterday urged communities to desist from burning tyres in a bid to get their issues highlighted and instead form themselves into groups and approach the Ministry with their issues and "I guarantee...you will get results".
Minister George was addressing St James residents and members of the media during the launch of a new traffic plan for St James, which will take effect from Monday until March 10, 2013, when it will be reviewed.
The launch took place at the Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St James.
George said that his Ministry worked hand in hand with the St James community, citing that before the plans were even announced there were a number of meetings, along with planned consultations.
"What you are seeing here today is an expression of the power of people in a community," he said.
"We politicians feel we are important but we are not important until we are able to deliver and empower the people because, as I keep saying, burning tyres and blocking roads are a backward way of doing things. Form yourselves into groups and get organised, because it was St James residents themselves who proposed to us what measures should be taken."
The Minister continued: "We people elect governments and then tell them go ahead and run the country and when things don't go right we become vocal and we march and all kinds of things.
"So, therefore, I am calling on people to take a page out of the St James book and get involved and then approach the Ministry with your recommendations," he said.
The media were handed a copy of the new traffic plan, which will explain that several St James' side streets will become one-way from Monday.
In the morning, to accommodate heavy traffic heading into Port of Spain, parking will be allowed on only one side (south) of Western Main Road allowing two lanes of traffic heading east between the hours 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
On afternoons, between the hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be two lanes of traffic heading west, with parking only being allowed on the opposite side (north) of the road.