Road Rehabilitation Project conducted in Daban, Saltibus (letter to the editor)

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Road Rehabilitation Project conducted in Daban, Saltibus (letter to the editor)

lettertotheeditor

Dear Editor: Integrated Development and Construction Ltd (IDC) is conducting a road rehabilitation project in Daban Saltibus. I am very concerned for residents since we are faced with many public safety hazards. The road is very muddy when it rains causing a number of vehicles to drift.

This is a very treacherous road because it has a lot of precipices. The IDC employees work haphazardly paying no regard to the residents. There are no signs on the road to caution those persons commuting this route.

There is a lot of gravel on the road which has caused extensive damage to a young lady’s vehicle. There is an electric pole in the middle of the road for more than a week now. We are aware that we will be faced with inconveniences during this project but these are public safety hazards.

Residents have appealed to the manager in charge of this project to no avail. Residents are fed up and we want to use this forum to air our concerns.

We are proposing the following:

Proper signs are placed on the road to alert commuters of the dangers ahead.

The pole in the road is removed as it poses a serious hazard.

The gravel is swept off the road.

The areas that become muddy when it rains be addressed.

A concerned resident.

Photos of vehicles drifting on Daban road

-Red vehicle drifted as a result of mud causing scratches to the door.

-White vehicle drifted as a result of stones running off the road directly into a tree.

-Utility pole posses a hazard in the road its only a matter of time before someone slams into it.
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  1. this sounds like the same individual complaining over and over. Let the guys do their work. I hope someone speaks out when the job is done

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  2. that pole in the road is ridiculous. but seriously, you say gravek caused extensive damage to a females car. that female needs to drive carefully. i dont see how gravel causes extensive damage.

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  3. That community has a lot of hatred, jealousy, division and politics! Leave them there. Every body sees the dangers particularly when it rains. But because they do not like the person who had the accident or the people she is associated with since she is not from the area they have all these nasty things to say. Nothing is our business unless we get personally affected.

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  4. smh. It begs the question how did this contractor get this job? Are we waiting for a tragedy to happen for the authorities to take heed. This is not about politics but when contractors are hand picked this is what happens. this is the same contractor who took weeks on the Rodney Bay Culvert. He also has works in Entrepot and the road in Pointe Seraphine and i saw it on NTN that he has to build some public laundry in Bexon. This kinda of stuff makes we wonder. smh.

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  5. Wow..its funny no one complained wen the road was at it worse during the early days of reconstruction.. the road is 20 times better than wat it use to be
    As soon as that person made dat accident now whoever want to complain and hve all sorts of bad things to say abt the workers
    Its true the workers dont work everyday and take alot of time but we lack patience..ROME WAS NT BUILT IN A DAY
    The terrain is very complicated and to reconstruct dat road u hve to be very good at watever u do...give credit weh its due.. they are tryin

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    • Rome was not built in one day. The road can take 50 years to be completed. But when the road works creates a hazardous environment for commuters residents should not remain silent. Residents have to roll in mud like pigs to get to the main road. Why dont they scrap off the mud at the end of a work day? Pay some regard! people live there. Why should we suffer the inconvience of dust when there is water truck. Why were signs not erected to alert commuters of the hazards? I blame the employees, especially the supervisor on the ground. (IDC) I dont care they can take a decade to complete it but do that in a safe manner!!!!!!

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  6. Shaking my head at this Dabanqueen. Do u live in Daban? Based on your comments I would say no. Maybe u will understand what the other residences are going through when one close enough to you is severely affected. I hope Ministry of infrastructure intervenes cause this needs to be addressed before lives are lost. Do not let here be your only forum residences please let the authorities know this road rehabilitation project is posing a danger to lives, as a result of the limited regard to residences by the employees of this construction company. They are totally wasting my tax money. This project should have lasted less than a year as the road in question is small and not a very long stretch of road.

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  7. Everything is not polictically affiliated. We do understand that these roadworks usually take time. However, we also know that road works need to be undertaken in a prudent and safe manner. Already this terrain is very rugged and treacherous, dominated by dangerous cliffs. I do not believe that the workers did a good job in ensuring the safety of the route. Many residents have fallen victim to the state of the road as it stands after repairs began. This needs to be rectified so that road works may continue while the route remains safe to traverse.

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  8. The minority who drives that route must complain! Queen car car. The only bus that take yall to and fro can barely pick yall up. One must walk through mud like a pig in a pen to meet the bus.

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  9. Not to mention the dust!! Oh my! these people have no regard for residents whatsoever. The water truck driver sits at his gf the entire day. All the employees have women in the community..... the slackness we endure there.

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  10. Those are extremely important points raised. The experience and expertise displayed is extremely poor. But i must say it is not entirely down to the dqily workers. Their boss is what i can only refer to as a total waste in his capacity.

    The man allegedly has no respect for the government and therefore ministry of communications and infrastructure.

    In the mean time the people of Daban continue to suffer at his hands. This is a stretch of road less than 5 miles taking 4 years to complete.

    Complaints have been made to the respective ministry and district rep but to no avail, although it must be noted that both have tried to address the issue raise with the contractor. As he worded it, no government can tell him what to do.

    Alas there is a bit of hope for the people. I hope the young lady seek compensation for all damages to her vehicle as well as any pains suffered as a result of this unfortunate accident. I have drifted on that very road several times driving in lower gear.

    Anyone who has driven on those tiny stones would share my experience, fear and frustration.

    The stones were meant to stay on the road for two days only then swept...so government officially what on gods green earth is going on??? Are you waiting for someone to die before you address the people of Daban's plight?

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    • Should the road be put back in its old state ?
      Should the gravel be moved ?
      The hill uncut ?
      The drainage be moved ?
      What do you all want ?

      What the owner says is not right but the work being done is a process and yes it has taken more time than expected .

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      • No monkey! But the road is dangerous now. You probably walk or fly everyday but for motorists and passengers is it very dangerous a risk even.

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  11. They come across as a company with no experience or expertise in road construction. Some time last year they dug a trench across the road to put in culverts. No one was informed. A company just dont do things that way!!! Careless Company!!!

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    • The company does have a lot of experience ask anyone who is in the construction industry . A community of less than 800 person where majority of the residence are related I would think that communication would be key but then again watch this, the minority is complaining where as the majority is okay with what is going on, yes we would like a road very soon but Daban it self is not a very easy place to work and the workers have hard many difficulties where workers they selves have been hurt by trucks over turning and the list can go on .
      The road is not finished but there is already a significant difference from before the job started to now .To make omelets you have to break the egg !! We all have to suffer with some inconvenience to get what we want.
      Is this whole controversy politically affiliated or is it actually residence who care about they well being ?

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      • Everything is not polictically affiliated. We do understand that these roadworks usually take time. However, we also know that road works need to be undertaken in a prudent and safe manner. Already this terrain is very rugged and treacherous, dominated by dangerous cliffs. I do not believe that the workers did a good job in ensuring the safety of the route. Many residents have fallen victim to the state of the road as it stands after repairs began. This needs to be rectified so that road works may continue while the route remains safe to traverse.

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      • What experience do the have? Building drains so high up that they have to come into peoples yards to cut and resurface their yard is experience? To cut a trench across the road on a saturday without telling anyone is experience? Leaving a road muddy at the end of a day of work is experience? What does politics even have to do with this? Also it is only the people with the balls to protest who will do so.

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