Yakarinta Village to expect new road
– “It’s the kind of relief Yakarinta has been looking for several years now” – MP Williams
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, November 27, 2019
The village of Yakarinta will be soon be provided with a new road connecting the Rupununi River’s Landing to the main corridor.
This venture forms part of a larger $53M infrastructural project undertaken by the region and was approved in the 2019 budget. It will see Yakarinta other communities in the North and South Rupununi benefitting
Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI), long-time resident, Ann Xavier, voiced the problems she faced with the absence of the road. “I built a house in Yakarinta Village itself, but our vehicle can’t cross over, and we had to leave it at the landing and it wasn’t safe.”
Yakarinta was titled in 1976, and currently masses an area of 35,570.72 acres. With a population of 582 villagers (2009), Yakarinta modes of transportation include: walking, bicycling, bullock carting, motorcycling and horse riding.
Xavier said that it was not easy due to the lack of transportation, and relied heavily on her legs.
Inclement weather posed a huge challenge for the villagers. The trail would be covered with one foot or more of water, making it difficult for the villagers to move around, including children who attended schools.
Ann and her husband, Charles Xavier, are looking forward to the new road.
“If we have the good road running here it would make a big difference because a lot of people would come either from Brazil or from town [and] they can’t go in. Minibuses can’t go into the landing because of the condition of the road, especially after the rain, it [is] very very rough, so this new road will make a difference,” Ann explained.
When asked about the upcoming road, Charles Xavier said, “everyone is overjoyed.”
Meanwhile, in an invited comment Ministerial Advisor in the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Mervyn Williams noted that “It’s the kind of relief Yakarinta has been looking for several years now.”