Council workers executing their clean-up of the drains
City clean-up campaign
As the clean-up efforts continue in the city, the manager of Infinity Service Station, Keshan Persaud, was left fuming after city workers on Tuesday left the area in a muddied state.
The concrete slabs were removed to facilitate the cleaning of the drains at the Princes and High Streets business. Persaud alleged that workmen advised that they would not put the concrete slabs back into place as they were only responsible for removing it.
“This was all unnecessary as they could have gone under the concrete slabs and it [has] more than enough height for people to walk under and clean,” the businessman opined. It was noted that business was affected as only a limited number of vehicles could enter to obtain gas.
Guyana Times was told that on Monday, a female worker who bore no identification informed management of the gas station that these works would commence. It was related that when managers of the service station attempted to make inquires of the works, the female worker reportedly asked them if they were attempting to tell them how to do their job.
Persaud stated that the gas station doesn’t mind losing business for a day to facilitate the works, but opined that the city workers must operate with a more professional approach by way of giving proper notification.
This publication made contact with the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) for a comment with regards to the issue and was told that it was rectified.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the M&CC, Debra Lewis, stated that she was made aware of the issue after the businessman made contact with her. She explained that she spoke with someone who looked into the matter and rectified such.
With respect to the response by the worker – that they are not responsible for replacing the slabs after removing it – the PRO stated that this is not the case, stating that “they have to replace whatever they remove.”
Subsequent to this publication making contact with City Council, the businessman disclosed that he received a call from the PRO.
At around 17:00h when Guyana Times again made contact with the businessman, he alleged that the statement posited by the PRO was inaccurate.
Persaud said that when the PRO contacted him, at around 14:00h, she told him that she would be coming to his place of business along with an engineer to inspect and rectify the problem but as at 17:00h, he was still waiting on that visit.
He explained that Lewis told him that after enquiring about the works on the drains, she was told that they were incomplete, which resulted in the concrete slabs not being replaced.
The businessman stated that work was completed and that the workers have commenced work on the other side of the road.