Vehicles pass alongside the landslide at the Naparima Mayaro Road, Robert Village, Tableland, yesterday.

Residents of Mayaro/Guayaguayare and environs can breathe a sigh of relief with the resumption of the PTSC bus service in their area. Last week PTSC halted its bus service along the Mayaro/Guayaguayare route because of the deteriorating road conditions along the Naparima Mayaro Road in Robert Village, Tableland, which is its route from San Fernando to Mayaro. The road in that area had collapsed due to a landslide. The Ministry of Works and Transport subsequently conducted emergency road works by widening the road.

Contacted yesterday, Mayaro MP Rushton Paray said he was notified by the ministry that works were done and the bus service would resume with immediate effect.

However, Tableland residents are still being severely affected by the deplorable road conditions.

Residents of Robert Village said for more than four years they have been pleading with the ministry and the then parliamentary representative for the landslip and the road to be repaired. Resident Joel Seepaul complained that his house is being affected. “How it caving, everything coming down on my house down there and the place sinking. The water running coming down from the road as how it slip and it sinking.” He called on the ministry to build a proper retaining wall and repair the road.

“The vehicles get trouble to pass on the road. This affecting we real bad,” he said.

Another resident, Ainsley Roget, who runs a business at his home, said their complaints over the years have been ignored and that’s why the landslide has worsened. “This has affected the road in the area where my shop is and it also poses a danger to pedestrians with the oncoming traffic. It has also affected my property at this address, without proper drainage my whole property on the side of the roadway is starting to have a negative effect by the drainage of the water onto my property and causing a further landslide.”

Roget said a house has already been destroyed because of the landslip. He said the deplorable road condition has also resulted in them having to spend a lot of money on car repairs. He said last Thursday a crew from the ministry conducted temporary road repairs to allow traffic to flow freely. While he felt that the works were unacceptable, Roget said the PTSC bus has resumed servicing the area. Resident Anita Bhagwansingh who runs a vegetable and fruit stall said the landslip badly damaged her house last year. “The ground crack up as if it was a volcano and the posts in the house, all shift. So the house was uneven.” The mother of three said they moved out their home, conducted repairs and moved back in. But, their home is now sinking. She said her father’s house was also severely damaged.

In a release last week, the ministry stated that permanent slope stabilisation work and restoration would commence sometime this month. It stated that previous intermediary repair works were completed in August 2019 but during the past week, there had been significant movement of land and the formation of a large depression which posed a problem for vehicles driving along the road.