With more heavy isolated showers expected in the coming days, residents of Corial Road, Williamsville, are scared as a massive landslide threatens their lives, property and access to their homes.
Hoping that the authorities will respond urgently, residents made a desperate plead for help yesterday.
While the land only began slipping recently, they say the deterioration has been rapid.
With the landslip directly in front of his house, Feroz Rahaman, a self-employed straightener, said he was concerned for his family.
“For the past month, month and a half, the road cave away and is real problems to pass. It threatening the house. We will like to get the road fixed as soon as possible,” he said.
Lamenting that his business is also affected, Rahaman said, “I have a small business for vehicles to go in and out is a problem, for villagers to pass is a problem, is a hazard, the road condition.”
Residents said the slippage is as a result of poor maintenance and no drainage.
Choon Jaikeran said, “For the past ten years or so this area has been dropping daily and the corporation comes and fill it, raise it but that is just a temporary relief. This year with the heavy rain it decide to slip.”
He added, “If the weather persists the road will close eventually and villagers will not be able to commute.”
Due to the road condition, he complained that the garbage and gas trucks, a well as other heavy vehicles cannot pass along the remainder of the road which is about five to six feet wide.
Jaikeran said the corporation put up a bamboo barrier and cordoned off the landslip with caution tape, but that is not enough.
While the road is the responsibility of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, chairman Gowrie Roopnarine said the corporation does not have the funds to undertake a project of that magnitude.
Estimating that the project would cost in the range of $.5 million, Roopnarine said they submitted a report to the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government last week for assistance.
However, he could not say when the project will be undertaken.
In the interim, however, he said the corporation will try to provide temporary relief. “Officers from the corporation trying their best to see how they could put something in place so at least one vehicle could pass, but it is a big project,” Roopnarine said.