THE Ministry of Housing and Water will soon commence road rehabilitation and drainage works with a cost of $67M in David Rose and Green Heart Streets and Cane View Avenue, South Ruimveldt Gardens.
This announcement was made during a meeting with residents of the area Monday evening.
Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal; Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing & Planning Authority (CHPA), Sherwyn Greaves, and a team from the Community Development and Projects Departments engaged with the residents following complaints on the state of the roads in the area.
At the commencement of construction for the Mandela Avenue to Eccles Four-lane Highway, a commitment was made to maintain and rehabilitate project-affected thoroughfares during and after the project’s lifespan.
With the completion of the highway and the necessary studies and assessment, Minister Croal said a decision had been made to rehabilitate David Rose Street, Green Heart Street, and a section of Cane View Avenue.
These thoroughfares, he noted, were the ones most affected and were in dire need of repairs.
While thanking the residents for their patience and tolerance during the construction of the highway, the Minister noted that it was only fair that the Ministry honoured the commitment made.
He pointed out that a combined total of 590 meters of roads will be reconstructed and rehabilitated to asphaltic surface.
In some areas, blocked drains will be excavated and parapets graded.
In addition, Greaves noted that the agency would be conducting public consultations for other infrastructure development work in the South Ruimveldt Gardens and Park areas in the coming weeks.
He noted that such was in keeping with a promise made by President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali for the rehabilitation of the drainage systems in the community.
Meanwhile, residents were also allowed to raise their concerns. Residents called for the re-installation of fire hydrants, the widening of the roads, and the clearing of a community playground.
Also, residents have called on the authorities to aid in the management of heavy-duty trucks and heavy traffic passing through the area.
Residents also took the opportunity to laud the Ministry on the announcement of the road works, noting that though it will take some time, the relief from the rehabilitation will be welcomed.