PPP calls for reduction in Essequibo ferry fares

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ferry[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is calling for a significant reduction in the fares of the two ferries plying the Supenaam to Parika route.

The Party in a release said that there must be equitable distribution of resources and wealth across the country and therefore insists that the David Granger administration forthwith reduce the ferry fares.

The Party is of the view this call is a just one, since the ferries are owned and operated by the state.

“The cost to cross the Berbice River Bridge return with a minibus and 15 passengers
is $1,900, while the same minibus with 15 passengers pays $7,680 to cross with the Ferry from Supenaam to Parika and back.Therefore, residents of Region Two who are using the ferry pay in excess of 250% more than what those using the Berbice River Bridge pay,” the Party stated.

It was noted that a significant reduction in these fares will no doubt have a positive impact on businesses as well as the farming community, the poor and vulnerable in in Region Two.

Further, PPP called for the establishment of an oversight committee made up of primarily residents in good standing of Region Two, to oversee a total review of the operations of the two vessels, inclusive of their schedule.

“This review must take into consideration the need to give priority at all times to vehicles transporting perishable items, as well as those transporting the sick, elderly and the disabled. This review must also take into consideration allegations of favoritism, discrimination, bribery and corruption by persons employed at the Transport and Harbours Department leveled by those who utilize the ferries on a constant basis,” the statement noted.

18 COMMENTS

  1. strangely the PPP could only see the fare is too high when they are out of power, when they had the opportunity to do something about what they did???

  2. so unfortunate that people cannot understand what is an election gimmick from reality!!! how can $300 have an impact on consumer (traveler) when travelers aren’t enjoying a reduction on the owner of the vehicle is enjoying the benefit.

  3. You people are deceitful or blind. The ppp quoted figures for Essequibo including the cost of the minibus and of 15 passengers. For Berbice they quoted figures for the buses alone to suggest that passengers cross for free; the bus operators are so kind. Really? Is that a fair comparison? Let the ppp include passenger cost both ways. Nothing but a bunch of tricksters and gullible followers.

  4. Justin CONCERN for heaven sake,look in the mirror and then coment on education,how much you want for your Brand new BRAIN, its unused,

  5. I READ SOME RATHER WILD COMMENTS IN THIS SECTION. IT IS THE COALITION WHICH IS /HAS BEEN CALLING FOR A REDUCTION OF FARES FOR THE BERBICE RIVER BRIDGE, NOT THE PPP/C. THE PPP IS JUST ARGUING THAT IF THE BERBICE BRIDGE FARES ARE TOO HIGH, THEN THE FARES FOR CROSSING WITH THE FERRY IN REGION 2 SHOULD BE DRASTICALLY REDUCED, AS THEY ARE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THOSE OF THE BERBICE BRIDGE. BESIDES , THE FERRIES ARE GOVT OWNED AND NO PRIVATE INVESTOR WILL BE LOSING ANYTHING OR GO BANKRUPT. ISN’T THIS FAIR AND PRACTICABLE?

  6. You better learn your History and then comment how did the do more in four months. What have the done. It seems your a uneducated person who is stupid

  7. I wonder is set the price for the Essequibo river crossing in the first place. These shameless pricks trying to deflect ppl from the real issue. The Berbice river bridge was built with all intentions to be owned n controlled by bj n his cronies at the behest of the Guyanese ppl.

  8. My question is weren’t these fares the same when the ppp was in government? Smfh these people have to stop playing politricks and come honest to people……. n y don’t these reporters give the ppp the facts when they come with these crap

  9. The ppp showed the total cost for one river, the partial cost for another and failed to mention the third. Using their mathematics and the $1,200 bus fare to cross the berbice river the cost for a minibus with 13 passengers will be $15,600+$1,900. But the comparison is baseless as there is no bus route linking the east and west Essequibo so if a bus is on board then usually it is cargo or specially hired.

  10. These PPP ppl just damm bare face and shameless why the ass you didn’t see how high the ferry toll was when u were in government.And you’re comparing the ferry to the bridge because # 1 its ur friends and supporters own the bridge and # 2 u want the gov look bias which is all u two faced devils has been doing.I have seen any action by the PPP party since the apnu went into government that says they care about Guyana and its development.And I’m sure we can all see the difference between a ferry which takes many hours to complete a trip and a bridge which has commuter’s traveling up and down almost the entire day.If you are going put proposals to the government put ones that can actually cause progress.if u so care abut the Essequibo ppl seek avenues to propose the building of a bridge across the Essequibo river or just Shut up wit your shit.Its really becoming annoying.

  11. PPP you had 23 years to reduce anything you deemed fit to reduce but you failed miserably. You PPP allowed big business people to take advantage on the poor trampled on the poor when it came to pricing their products in accordance with US $$. I hear someone asked a big market vendor what’s the price of a mango and the vendor told her the price. The customer then asked why is mango so expensive and was promptly told by the vendor to check the price of the same mango in the United States of America. Business people price their products according to what’s being paid in US. PPP never once looked at the poor who can’t get a mortgage. PPP allowed landlords to make rings around renters. At the start of PPP life they were all for the working class and down right poor and at the end of PPP life they were all for the filthy rich and the mighty powerful untouchables in Guyana. Well PNC is not for poor not for rich not for women not for blacks and none blacks. PNC is for those who is willing to -Install them to rule- That;s PNC for you.

  12. What a pack of Scums these no entities are?. They were in power for 23 long, long years and they didn’t see it fit to reduce the cost of the ferry crossing, but all of a sudden they want a 4 months old Govt to it. Let me tell you Scums something, the Coalition Govt has already done more that you Scums did in 23 years. The only thing you all did more was to thief and funnel the monies to several different sources. Please be advised that the Govt of the day will do whatsoever is necessary to ease the burden you Scums have placed upon our fellow Guyanese when you were in power. Having said this, The Intentions and Projects planned by the Govt will be carried out in due time so as to benefit and provide a bright future for all of Guyana.

  13. Asinine arguments. The PPP is more interested in gamesmanship than in substance or the peoples’ betterment. It seems that these days everything is a contest that calls for some kind of tit for tat or some supposedly clever jockeying aimed at neutralizing the coalition. When will the opposition leader begin to act like an adult male. When will the PPP stop allowing this circus clown to lead them like a cow with ring through its nose with a rope attached?

  14. You had TWENTY THREE long years to reduce the Essequibo Ferry faires. Now you are demanding that the Berbice River Bridge Toll be INCREASED! My, my, my!

  15. So the residents of Essequibo as reported by Guyana times are the ppp. The economics is bad and intended to mislead and incite dissatisfaction. Which or how many #32 or #21 mini bus traverse that route? Is it a legal route for mini buses? Why then didn’t the PPP make all fares like that across demerara while they were in office? Weak politics.

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