The major landslip along the Brasso-Tamana road at Los Attajos in the Central Range. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)
SHASTRI BOODAN

What started off as a pothole in November has graduated into a major landslip in the community of Los Attajos in the Central Range.

On Friday, residents told Guardian Media they are fed up and want the relevant authorities to undertake immediate repairs.

Ramdharie Gadar, 71, said a water main started leaking, causing the soil to erode. Gadar said he started calling WASA last year on November 1st but was constantly given a run around. Gadar said it was on November 6th he finally got through to WASA, and workers eventually came and fixed the damaged line.

Seen in the background, the house of pensioner Ramnarine Gadar. The house has shifted because of the landslip. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

However, the main burst again the next day.

Gadar said the running water caused his house to sink, with the structure moving further downhill and he had to dig a drain to divert the water. Gadar said he is a pensioner and is in no financial position to seek compensation through legal means.  A widower, Gadar said he has lived in the house for the last 16 years. His grandson reportedly fled because he was afraid the house would collapse.

The home of Ramnarine Gadar. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

Meanwhile, Henry Awong, the Chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation and one of the local government representatives for the area, told Guardian Media although the CTTRC is strapped for resources they have been doing some repairs.

Awong said neither authority—the Ministry of Works nor WASA—wants responsibility for the landslide. He said the Ministry is claiming the landslide was caused by a leaky WASA line, while WASA is saying that because of the landslide the pipeline burst.

Chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, Henry Awong, at the scene of the landslip at Los Attajos. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

“This is the Brasso-Tamana Road that falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Works,” the CTTRC Chairman explained.

Awong said should the landslide worsen, the neighbouring community of Brasso Venado would be cut off. Awong said essential services such as garbage collection, police, fire services, TTEC and ambulances already are finding difficulty getting into the area.

“This the only way in and out,” he said.  “Even the farmers are complaining.  This is an area depending on agriculture.”

Awong said a retaining wall is needed to prevent any further slippage.