[www.inewsguyana.com] – Clearing of drainage canals and other main irrigation channels in the city can be credited for the non-flooding of the city with the recent heavy downpour which has tested the clean-up exercise.
On an inspection visit to several areas in the city on Friday, Community Coordinator attached to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Neilson McKenzie informed GINA that major works are ongoing to widen the drains and canals, and expand their capacity to hold and drain water off the land.
“The drains can now hold water rather than silt, and as a result the drainage system is being primed and geared to take off the volume of water that is on the land generally,” Mc Kenzie stated.
Works have recently been completed at the Lamaha and Cane View Canals while ongoing clearing and desilting is being done at the Liliendaal, which will be followed by the Princes Street Canal.
Mc Kenzie called on citizens to play their part in this process as all the efforts of the administration and other stakeholders will be futile, if maintenance is not done.
He explained that part of his role and responsibility is to educate the citizens of the various communities on their role, and how this can contribute to the restoration process of the capital city.
“We have also been involved in sensitising each community and the residents of those communities that we go to on a day to day basis as to the why we are doing, what we are doing, and what could be done to prevent recurrence of those acts,” said McKenzie.
He reported that these works were not done without challenges as there were several which are currently being addressed.
“One of the major challenges is the occupation of the reserves, the reserves are occupied in various ways, with derelict vehicles, vending and people living on the reserves,” he stated.