While many people were relaxing with family and friends yesterday, a 55-year-old grandmother was patching potholes in front of her Gasparillo home.
Shovelling dirt from a wheelbarrow, Dianne Forbes filled the holes that have been a hazard to motorists using Caratal Road, near Bhagwansingh Trace, Gasparillo, for almost two months.
“Problem with WASA fixing the line, not filling back the hole. Then I notice that the cars always have to fall in the puddle. So I just decide to throw some old dirt and old stone,” Forbes told Guardian Media during her work yesterday.
Forbes, a labourer, does not own a vehicle but said she could no longer watch helplessly as vehicles dropped into the holes.
“Sitting down on my lockstep and seeing and hearing how the cars going in the hole, I know is damage, so that’s the reason why I really try to fix the hole.”
While happy and proud of her action, Forbes complained that the entire Caratal Road needs urgent repairs.
“If you see, that not bothering nobody yuh know, everybody living with it but it bothering me because it in front of me.”
Forbes said she got the material from her yard and her son and grandson also helped her.
Tabaquite MP Anita Haynes, who lives within the constituency, said the deplorable state of the roads concerned her. She said the roads have deteriorated badly over the past few years to the extent where some areas are impassible. Haynes said she has started an online campaign called Fix Our Roads Tabaquite to involve the community and then she would advocate for the Ministry of Works to repair the roads.
However, she said together with the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, her office met with engineers assigned to local government and the ministry to find a solution to the issue. Haynes said she also addressed this issue in the Parliament at the Standing Finance Committee during the review of the budget and as a matter on the adjournment.
“We have heard over the years the stories of the dwindling resources of the state. As taxpaying citizens, we deserve to really see where our money is being spent and if he can’t get the basics like accessibility, that certainly leaves much to be desired.”
Haynes said the ministry needed to find alternatives to get the road fixed because they continue to deteriorate.