Letters & Opinion

Fixed Our Roads!

IMG: Some motorists encounter problems plying this portion of road.

“The roads in Choiseul are some of the worst on the island. They are littered with potholes. There are more potholes than road and 90% of the residents of Choiseul own a vehicle. So, tell me, how is it possible for them to drive on roads in such deplorable states?”

DEAR MADAM,
THERE are many things that make me mad, that absolutely anger me but I will focus on only one thing for now, which is the state of the roads in this country. And no, I’m not talking about the main roads. I’m talking about the roads that branch off from the main roads. The roads that take the people of this country from their home to work and back. I would be lying through the teeth if I said that the branch roads are in acceptable conditions.

Firstly, Ms Editor, have you ever been to Choiseul? Well, the roads in Choiseul are some of the worst on the island. They are littered with potholes. There are more potholes than road and 90% of the residents of Choiseul own a vehicle. So, tell me, how is it possible for them to drive on roads in such deplorable states? The roads are so bad that when driving on them, the bottom of the vehicles get destroyed, leading to large sums of money being spent on repairing them. Is it fair that a vehicle that someone worked hard to purchase should be damaged because the government won’t fix the roads?

Secondly, Ms Editor, accidents are frequent occurrences on these roads. For example, on the 9th of September a minibus driver was badly injured while returning home on one of those branch roads. He was driving and one of the tires went into a pothole, causing him to smash his head against the steering wheel. Ms Editor, even those who use the road to make a living are not able to drive on those roads properly. Therefore, my question is – where is the tax payers’ money going? Why do we all have to suffer for someone else’s incompetence?

Ms Editor, if the government does not act promptly to fix this problem, the consequences could be dire. The roads would definitely become unusable. Driving or even walking on these roads would be a certified death sentence. Does the government prefer to deal with a major increase in the number of vehicular accidents and fatalities rather than fix the roads and save lives? Imagine this is a tourist country. We actually depend on tourism for our existence. If the tourists are spending their money to come here, then the government needs to realize that we have to spend money to make money.

In conclusion, Ms Editor, I demand that the government fix the Choiseul roads. I pray that the members of parliament understand that they have real work to do and major problems that need solutions. Tell them to address the terrible situation on the roads and stop making excuses for their incompetence.

Sincerely,
A Concerned Citizen

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