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Although former minister of Works and Transport Dr Surujrattan Rambachan criticised his United National Congress (UNC) colleague, Dr Lackram Bodoe for his handling of the state of the Fyzabad Road, letters show the MP wrote to Minister of Public Utilities Marvin Gonzales asking for repairs. Residents of Avocat Village in Fyzabad blocked the road with burning tyres on Wednesday to protest its condition after the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) carried out pipe replacement work last September.

After WASA refilled the trenches it dug, it did not pave the road, leading to daily traffic congestion.

Speaking to Guardian Media, Rambachan lauded San Francique/Avocat Councillor Doodnath Mayrhoo for his efforts.

He said Mayrhoo was doing the work of an MP. However, Rambachan, a resident, chided Bodoe, saying that his MP should have used the Parliament to raise the issue. “I want to compliment this councillor. This councillor is doing more work, and an MP is doing. I would have thought that the member of Parliament for this area would have raised this in Parliament several times, that he should have been here this morning in order to show his support for the people, in terms of what is happening here. “And while I am a UNC colleague of his, I will at all times call the shot as it is and think this is poor representation on the part of the member of Parliament. It is the councillor who is doing what he is supposed to do in this particular area. I am very distraught at this because every day I and commuters have to face this,” Rambachan said. However, Guardian Media received three copies of letters Bodoe sent to Minister of Public Utilities Marvin Gonzales on the road issue, dated January 8, November 30 and September 21, 2020.

In the letters, Bodoe highlighted the road condition between Harris Village and Avocat Junction.

While there was some patching, Bodoe said this did not solve the problem and that the road needed repaving. An inquiry to WASA on Wednesday remained unanswered up to yesterday’s press time.