The Public Services Transport Corporation has suspended its services to Mayaro and Guayaguayare because of deteriorating road conditions.
In a post on its Facebook page Wednesday, PTSC explained that to transport passengers who live in Mayaro and Guayaguayare to and from San Fernando it has to pass through Robert Village, Tableland. But because of serious road conditions there it has been forced to halt its service.
The PTSC also posted pictures showing the state of the roadways, which have major cracks and appear to be collapsing.
The PTSC apologised for the disruption and said it would notify when the services have resumed.
But Mayaro MP Rushton Paray has blamed the PNM Government for the corporation’s decision and said it was a “graphic example of the rural neglect of the PNM Government.”
In a statement, Paray said PTSC has blamed its decision on the “deteriorating road conditions” at Robert Village, Tableland. He said this action would distress many working-class commuters who depend on the service of the bus company.
The Opposition MP said he tried to get the roads fixed but to no avail.
He said, “Minister of Works Rohan Sinanan has routinely dismissed my appeals both in and out of Parliament. Now thousands of residents of some of the country’s most rural districts would be adversely affected by PTSC’s decision.”
He added maxi and taxi drivers have been reluctant to service the route because of the severe impact on their vehicles and this now means residents of Mayaro and Guayaguayare have been essentially cut off from the rest of the country.
Paray added, “The PNM Government continues to systemically disregard the urgent needs of citizens of far-flung communities while tossing taxpayers’ money on such non-essentials as purchasing paintings, golf courses and fixing the Prime Minister’s Tobago residence.”
Paray said he is making a public appeal to Minister Sinanan to urgently undertake major infrastructural works at Robert Village and elsewhere along the Naparima-Mayaro Road.