All I Want for Christmas is Good Roads

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By Dr Neil Gosine

THE media reached out to the minister of works and transport to ask if anything would be done in the near future to address the bad roads in several parts of the country, especially the slippage in some areas. The usual feedback is no response was received.

Everywhere we look, we hear about temporary repair conducted in certain areas but the roads remain in a deplorable condition especially roads leading to Princes Town where a progressive landslip in the area has drivers believing they are on an obstacle course and this the main cause of damage to their vehicles. It’s also a major waste of hours on the roads in what can only be described as a nightmare-inducing traffic mind-numbing experience. 

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All around Trinidad and Tobago we have frustrated drivers that are begging for relief from the government and the minister of works, to fix their roads in their communities, on the highways and byways and on the bridges. I don’t think we have ever seen the roads in such a bad way and potentially posing a threat to commuters by cutting off major passageways even between the Southeast and Western parts of the island.

Everywhere we turn we are seeing terrible roads that mash up our cars and the major road, the only road linking southeast to southwest is barely passable as we drive through this area. It takes us literally an hour to 90 minutes to get in and out of certain areas. It is beyond ridiculous, and I don’t know what else to do but to say all I want for Christmas is a good road to drive on. 

What is the government waiting on, are they waiting for something terrible to happen before they act? This is what we get when we accept below standard of performance by the political party that is in power. Many of the people who commute from here who may lose their lives on a road are of no consequence apparently as it has been neglected for years. This is a matter for the PNM Government because they have been in power for the last eight years, and they seem to want to wait until someone dies or more people die to act on these matters. 

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We’ve been struggling with it for so long now with no sign of a permanent fix. As predicted, the road has again reached the point where someone can die if a container truck overturns or other top-heavy vehicle passes here. It is so frustrating that the only major road linking the southwest to southeast would be allowed to become like this for so long.

The problem is that we all have been struggling with these issues such as terrible roads, potholes everywhere, crime rates soaring, healthcare deteriorating and more taxes up our behind, yet we continue to listen to the rhetoric of our politicians with no sign of a permanent fix. We wait until issues fester and rot. The roads have again reached the point where someone can die if not addressed properly.

If we continue to run this country like this, like a parlor, how do we expect to ever see a real change and how do we expect to tackle the real issues that affect the average citizen on a daily basis. Well it’s another year in paradise, where murders are going to hit close to 600 and our vehicle needs major repairs before the new year. 

Neil Gosine is an insurance executive. He is also the treasurer of the UNC and a former chairman of the National Petroleum Marketing Company of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Administration MBA, BSC in Mathematics and a BA in Administrative Studies. The views and comments expressed in this column are not necessarily those of AZP News, a Division of Complete Image Limited.

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