Whim gets long awaited streetlights, other upgrades

GUYANA, GINA, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Residents of Whim Village, Corentyne, Berbice finally have street lights. Since its establishment many decades ago, the village has been without street lights.

contractors installing street lights in Whim, Corentyne, Berbice

During a recent visit to his home village, Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo decided that something must be done about the absence of street lights in the village. The Prime Minister’s Region Six Representative, Gobin Harbhajan said the Prime Minister subsequently collaborated with the relevant authorities and “street lights are finally being installed in the community.”

“It was very dark and residents complained of the discomfort this caused them. The Prime Minister with his initiative, collaborated with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and currently we’re installing about 14 street lights in various parts in the community,” Harbajan said.

Harbhajan explained that other works are being carried out to upgrade the long neglected community.

He said that the Prime Minister also collaborated with the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to clean and clear some drains which were clogged in the community.

Several roads in the community were also filled with crusher run and similar works will be carried out in other nearby communities.

Prime Minister Representative, Region Six, Gobin Harbhajan

Harvey Ardeen of the Whim Kali Temple is grateful for the newly installed street lights. He said prior to the installation of the lights, residents were afraid to travel at nights or even visit the temple.

“We have suffered tremendously with darkness in this community. This temple serves the people of the Bloomfield, Whim and the people are very eager to come out now for night session. Previously I have suffered tremendously from attacks and vandalism here at nights. I say thanks to the government for their kind assistance in putting in these lights,” Ardeen said.

Budget 2017 provides $607.1M for the continuation of road safety measures including the installation of streetlights in several communities.

 

 

By: Ranetta La Fleur

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