The residents of Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway are now forced to fix their main access roads after Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan reportedly told them his hands were tied until the next budget.The upgrade works to the village’s main roads began about one week ago by public-spirited citizens of the village’s Business Association.Kuru Kururu Small Business Association Vice President William Ramlall told Guyana Times on Saturday, “This is our second intervention on the road. It started a week ago where we did some work and today we concluded the second part of it. We dealt with the most deplorable parts of the road.”The members of the Kuru Kururu Small Business Association, he said, are burdened to see the roads become developed, especially since they have big plans for their Business Expo in August.He added that the project has made a grave difference for not only drivers but also pedestrians in the area. According to him, the organisation pulled off a barbecue to raise funds for the initiative and was able to solicit most of the materials from villagers and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation.The work, he said, was all volunteer-based, except for the work done by the machine operators since they were paid from the monies raised.The main roads in the village were previously lined with potholes deep enough to severely damage vehicles. Several drivers have been using their initiative to make use of alternative passageways, meanwhile the bus drivers who are required to use this route have been complaining bitterly.A member of the Community Development Council (CDC) said the Communities Ministry met with the team and they were made to understand that the village would likely have to wait until next year when provisions would be made for rehabilitative road works in the 2019 Budget.
An unlicensed motorcyclist was the first road fatality recorded in Berbice for the year. Bhojram Hemraj, 24, of Number 67 Village, Corentyne, was killed on Wednesday evening after he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving and slammed into a metal signboard.Dead: Bhojram HemrajRegional Commander Calvin Brutus told this publication that even though he is dead, a blood test will be conducted to determine his alcohol level.“We were told that he was unlicensed and was using a trade plate on the motorcycle. He had no licence to use the cycle and he was travelling at a fast rate of speed. The only other part we need to check now and confirm is whether there was alcohol in the blood,” the Commander stated.There were 17 deaths as a result of road accidents last year in the Region, which was the same number for the previous year. Of that figure, seven were motorcyclists.The motorcycle that Hemraj was driving at the time of his demiseAccording to the Commander, as road users, persons need to pay attention to the rules of the road. “There are established speed limits for different zones and this is done based on analysis; my engineers that had the speed limits fixed at that rate because of the general circumstances surrounding the quality of the road, the housing and communities close to the road and the width of the road”.Those factors, he added, were all taken into consideration in coming up with the speed limit for a particular area.“Some areas have a certain speed limit while others have a different speed limit on the same road,” Brutus explained.