Leonora Housing Scheme main road for major repairs

Residents of the Leonora New Housing Scheme can expect major rehabilitation to their main access road in the coming year.

Regional Vice Chairman, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three) Mr. Omesh Satyanand on Wednesday made this commitment during a community meeting.

Region Three Vice Chairman, Mr. Omesh Satyanand

Mr. Satyanand told DPI one of the projects the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has planned is to rehabilitate the old Market Road all the way through to the housing scheme.

The housing scheme has existed for over 10 years and the roadway was designed by the then PPP/C Government in 2014 to be completed with an asphaltic finish.

With the change of Government in 2015, works were halted which caused the surface of the road to fall into disrepair.

Mr. Satyanand said the RDC hopes to complete the project in the shortest possible time.

That road gives access to approximately 50 households and residents have expressed their frustration with its condition.

Community worker, Mr. Siddiqi Hanif said the afternoon chat with Government representatives has brought some hope and relief. 

Mr. Siddiqi Hanif, Community Worker

“Our community has been neglected over the last five years and we are so happy for the promises of asphaltic road sometime next year,” Mr. Hanif said.

Both of Mr. Hanif’s legs are amputated which makes it difficult for him to traverse the streets with his electronic chair. He said, “because of the road condition, I had to condemn one of the chairs and I am feeling good knowing that this one will run it time, once the road is completed.”

Resident, Mr. Ravi Bodhoo also welcomed the initiative as the rainy season “makes the situation and life worse for persons living here.” Meanwhile, residents highlighted the need for security in the area and called for drainage and other works to be done.

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