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Stop wasting scarce resources

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I am forced to comment on a situation close to my place of abode. Last year, truckloads of marl were laid and compressed with heavy-duty equipment on the Hartlands main road in St Catherine. I was quite pleased as this road had been in a state of disrepair for many years.

In fact, residents in neighbouring communities had to mount a roadblock to get the attention of the authorities. Alas, general elections came and the work was temporarily halted, or so we thought.

Work resumed shortly with more marl being laid and compressed. While we waited with bated breath for the final touch - the laying of asphalt - we were dealt an uppercut when they placed fine gravel and heavy, black crude oil on the surface. Result: currently, the road is furiously approaching its former state with vengeance, after so much expenditure. We the stakeholders did not get four months from the repaired road.

Which is more costly? Is it to have completed the road properly or to take the incredulous short cut used to complete this road. I beg the relevant authorities to urgently address this situation before we end up worse than before.

Michael Bramwell

Kingston 6