Flaming road protest in Claxton Bay

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SASCHA WILSON

Commuters sought alternative routes this morning as the main road south of Claxton Bay was blocked by burning debris during a protest by residents and maxi taxi drivers against its dire condition.

Guardian Media understands the protest started as early as 4am. Residents demanded that the road be repaired properly.

Vehicles struggle to make their way along the southern main road in Claxton Bay, due to poor road conditions.  (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)

Vehicles struggle to make their way along the southern main road in Claxton Bay, due to poor road conditions. (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)

Vikash Kissoondath, chairman of the Green Band Maxi Taxi Association, complained that proper road works had not been carried out for the past 15 years. He said the road is in such a deplorable state that they have dubbed the three kilometer stretch between St Margaret’s Junction and Pranz Gardens “The Bocas”.

Claxton Bay residents, in conjunction with the Maxi Taxi Association, staged a fiery protest to highlight the poor condition of Claxton Bay's main southern road on Friday, January 21, 2022. (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)

Claxton Bay residents, in conjunction with the Maxi Taxi Association, staged a fiery protest to highlight the poor condition of Claxton Bay’s main southern road on Friday, January 21, 2022. (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)

“Every Sunday maxi men come out to fill in the gaps. The road literally causes traffic to back up straight to Marabella every morning,” he told Guardian Media.

Kissoondath calls on the competent authorities to repair the road.

“Not just repairs… They’re still doing simple restoration work, but it’s an underlying water problem that they need to rectify,” he explained. weeks you might say.

Burnt tires and other debris left over from the fiery protest on Friday January 21, 2022, to highlight the poor condition of the main southern road in Claxton Bay.  (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)

Burnt tires and other debris left over from the fiery protest on Friday January 21, 2022, to highlight the poor condition of the main southern road in Claxton Bay. (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)

However, resident Aaron Silcott begged to disagree. He argues that the deplorable state of the road is the result of 25 years of neglect.

“A simple project that could be fixed in hours has been neglected for over 25 years,” he told Guardian Media.

“It takes 20 minutes to cross a hundred feet of road. It’s wrong. All we need is an adequate road network. The roads need to be repaired. We need a new drainage system,” he said.

Vehicles struggle to make their way along the southern main road in Claxton Bay, due to poor road conditions.  (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)

Vehicles struggle to make their way along the southern main road in Claxton Bay, due to poor road conditions. (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)

Silcot added that they are not concerned by the warning from Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan to residents of Barrackpore who have taken similar protest action which damages the road which is a criminal offence, as the road is already bad.

The Claxton Bay resident said he will continue to protest until his complaint is dealt with.

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