By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Mayor and City Council(M&CC) of Georgetown has commenced a major overhaul of the city with specific emphasis to be placed on vagrants, city businesses, large trucks and delinquent vendors.
This is according to Mayor Hamilton Green, at a Friday morning press conference, where he laid out plans for the restoration of the city.
“This grand crusade, this grand adventure to restore the city after 23 years of being put under the ground,” said Green who has been the Mayor for more than two decades.
One of the major issues that the plan tackles is the congestion of traffic and the Mayor indicated that one of the stratagems being employed to look at this matter is the formalization of street vendors.
He also pointed out that the council will be tackling “bush trucks” that damage the parapets in the city and its environs when they park.
On the same issue of trucks, it was noted that the council would be considering as one of its options, a restriction on the time when certain vehicles can traverse the roadways.
In some countries large trucks are only allowed to travel at nights during certain hours but this is not the case in Guyana.
“This may very well be a part of the package that comes out of the dialogue that we have started,” said Mayor Green who added that the trucks are “blocking the pathways of citizens and destroying our parapets.”
“We are now giving notice to those owners and operators of bush trucks that they are to remove them post haste,” he also stated. The issues outlined, the Mayor said are “creating and exacerbating the issue of congestion.
Also on the City Council’s agenda is the option of amending by laws to allow for more stringent fees to be imposed for breaches on the part of vendors, businesses and citizens.
At present these laws are antiquated and allow for fines as little as $200 for grave offences.