PADARATH: WASA Road Rehabilitation is a Political Gimmick
Princes Town MP, Barry Padarath has described the announcement made by Public Utilities Minister, Marvin Gonzales that WASA will embark on a road rehabilitation exercise as a political gimmick.
Padarath stated that the government is governing by announcements with little or no follow up action. He called on the Minister of Public Utilities to immediately publish a comprehensive detailed list of roads that will be rehabilitated over the current financial year with clear dates for commencement and completion.
The Opposition Shadow Minister for Public Utilities stated that earlier this year, the government announced that the Ministry of Works and Transport would meet with WASA in an effort to work together on pothole patching and road rehabilitation. Further, the Minister of Works and Transport a few months ago also announced a 300M allocation for road rehabilitation and patching. Padarath questioned what became of those announcements since there has been no tangible evidence that these announcements ever materialized.
The MP also questioned what was the budget for this road paving exercise under WASA and how contractors would be selected for this program.
The Princes Town MP stated that the government was mindful that the population is weary of their non-performance and their empty promises, therefore the announcement of a road paving exercise under WASA was nothing more than a political gimmick to give the impression that something productive was happening at WASA.
Padarath said that the recent revelation that WASA provides only sixteen percent of the population with a twenty four hour supply of water highlights the inefficiency of the current Minister and administration to address the woes at WASA. He called on the Minister to stop the politicking and get down to work.