By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Four out of the six drainage pumps strategically situated throughout Georgetown and the rest of the coast to aid in the delivery of water from the land were out of commission for more than twelve months, according to officials from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.
It was revealed recently that only two of the pumps were in working condition and able to pump water off the land – this was after there were high levels of rainfall that inundated the capital city.
Acting Chief Engineer, Rawle Eastman when probed by reporters at a press conference on Monday, June 01 explained that the irrigation systems have not been properly working for over the specified period due to some menial damages.
Eastman explained that there were issues relating to some pipes that had to be repaired and replaced among other maintenance issues. He noted that the main reason for the systems being allowed to proceed into a state of decay is lack of funding.
This is despite monies being made available in the yearly budget for the upkeep of Guyana’s drainage and irrigation systems given its importance when considering that the coast of Guyana is below sea level.
“We had a number of mechanical matters which include some of the discharge pipes had to be repaired and some minor engine matter…I cannot give a period as to how long they were not working but I can say that it was over a year or so,” said Eastman.
Meanwhile, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson told reporters that there is wanton need for repairs across the board for the drainage systems, explaining that the neglect is “criminal.”
Patterson further indicated that with the expected rainfall levels and current systems being put in place, it is expected that the land would be drained of the water pointing out that almost all of the pumps should be operational by 18:00hrs on Tuesday June 02