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After spending millions on cleaning City, drains and alleys being clogged up again

This drain on Robb and Wellington Street has not been cleaned in weeks.

This drain on Robb and Wellington Street has not been cleaned in weeks.

After spending at least GYD$300 million on cleaning drains and alleyways in several sections of Georgetown, maintenance now appears to be a major problem.

Several areas visited shows that drains are being slowly clogged up again by plastic bags, pieces of cardboard and silt. Vegetation is again taking over many alleyways.

Demerara Waves Online News was told that the Georgetown City Council had planned to offer small contracts to groups of persons to maintain the areas every three months.

Contracts estimated at GYD$1.5 million each had been awarded during the initial cleaning of parapet drains.

Town Clerk, Royston King admitted that maintenance of the city was a major problem but sought to deflect the problem to litterbugs. “There is still a very high level of indiscipline on the part of some citizens, who notwithstanding our efforts to elevate the status of Georgetown, you still have people littering and re-littering areas that were freshly cleaned,” he said. Other major obstacles, King said, including the disposal of construction waste, improper storage of sand and stone and the blocking of some drainage facilities.

A re-vegetated alley that was recently de-silted and weeded.

A re-vegetated alley that was recently de-silted and weeded.

Asked why maintenance workers and City Constables were not working in tandem to ensure the drains and alleyways are clean and litterbugs are caught, the Town Clerk said that was not possible because of insufficient funds to hire the workers.

Team Benschop, one of the groups contesting the March 18 Local Government Elections, has highlighted the need for the Georgetown City Council to be transparent, accountable and efficient in managing the affairs of Georgetown.

Mark Benschop has promised that if his group wins the majority of council seats, there would be a sustained maintenance and solid waste management programme for the city instead of just spending huge sums on one-off cleaning exercises. “We believe that it will work as a way to employ various communities across the city. We believe that it’s going to save taxpayers’ monies instead of what we often times see or we are accustomed to – millions of dollars being pumped into the city for a particular period of time and once that is done, that’s the end of it,” he said.

Garbage and silt reclaiming one of the drains on Regent Street.

Garbage and silt reclaiming one of the drains on Regent Street.

garbageregentTeam Benschop also announced plans to have a waste-recycling plant and involve City Constables more  as part of efforts to create a cleaner and safer Georgetown.

  • Col123

    The villages look worse…The government needs to homestead folks away from the city…into the other belts..

    • SYL

      The excuse by the city boss is lame. Apparently these guys are on a Hollywood drama show. If you haven’t invested in garbage disposal bins , then do so, and place them strategically . Place cameras like they do in Singapore and capture the litterers and fine them heavily. Get the “small man” contracts to keep the damn city clean, and stop paying the big cats for sitting around and collecting big bucks for only planning and not executing efficiently. Penalty should be meted out to the city council for not preserving the city and having it kept clean.Once they are aware that their pockets would be touched, they will finds ways and means to see to it the city is kept in order. TOO MANY EXCUSES.COUNCIL MEN! Lame excuses are crutches.When the PPP cats were there you fought to get in, so now stop the complaining and get the damn job done. Do you think tourism is about viewing garbage and clogged drains, the crime is bad enough , now garbage and stench. No more excuses, get the regular men and women JOBS and find the money and pay them good. ENOUGH ON THIS CLEANING MATTER.

      • Col123

        Agree . Funny that you do not see garbage bins in the streets of Japan…but the streets are spanking clean. I am thinking that it is more of our culture to destroy things. When you don’t work and sweat for something, that makes it easy for us to not care….it comes down to providing jobs to get it done OR…as what capitalists would do..contract the cleaning and maintenance to a business entity…in some areas, for years,we pay to have garbage pick up by a private company.

        • SYL

          Yes ! source the cleaning to a contractor , set times for taking out the house hold garbage to the bins, just a few hours before the trucks arrive, and keep all the garbage bins with slogans like ” keep me clean” ” take pride in your city ” clean environment healthy citizens” help me keep my country clean” ” I love my country” just to name a few.