Shafeena Mohammed stands near the newly opened Mandingo Road, Princes Town. (Image: KRISTIAN DE SILVA)
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Nine months after a monster landslip at Mandingo Road in Princes Town toppled a three-storey house and gobbled up the entire road, motorists breathed a sigh of relief today as the landslip was finally repaired and the road reopened.

But while the motorists were happy, residents who live next to the 60 feet precipice admit to being worried the expansion repair works would not last.

Since the project was completed, resident Shamina Mohammed said water continues to flow under the gabion baskets onto a drain beneath the road.

She said her home is continuing to crack and the land is pulling because of the constant water flow.

She told Guardian Media the water was coming from an overflowing trench, which is responsible for much of the land movements being experienced.

“I am not satisfied with the works. I think the leak will undermine what has been done. They have not found where the water is coming from. They piled 28 feet and rebuilt the road, but this part of our home is sinking. Under the house there is no backfill and under the basement is continually wet,” Mohammed said.

Shafeena Mohammed who lives on the other side of the precipice said she was happy the landslip was fixed in record time. But she, too, said she was worried the road would erode again because of the water flow.

Motorist Kenneth Irish said he was pleased that the road was opened. He said making the rounds was inconvenient and he hoped that the road will remain stable.

The road had been officially closed since December 22nd. Mandingo Road connects to Moruga Road at Fifth Company Village, and Cumuto Road in Barrackpore. It also connects to Lengua Road, Shahadath Road, and Realize Road.

Thousands of commuters were affected when the road was destroyed.

Guardian Media reached out to Works Minister Rohan Sinanan for a comment on the issue without success, as he had not responded to calls and WhatsApp messages sent to him at the time of this article being published.