Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | January 10, 2013
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NWC a menace to our roads
THE EDITOR, Sir:

We wait so long to get our roads fixed. The Government spends millions of taxpayers' dollars to have them repaired and so many millions more with overruns.

Finally, we get a smooth road after waiting so many years. Then along comes the National Water Commission (NWC) to dig it up, on the premise of fixing a broken pipe that should have been replaced, or installing new ones. Then, to make matters worse, NWC technicians throw marl and never come back to repave the road.

This could never happen under a government that has proper road management in place to make sure no roads are dug up unless proper things are put in place to have them repaired professionally. Could this happen in their homes or offices?

Let's hope a pipe does not break on our new toll highways. Forgive me, as this type of fix could not happen, as overseas companies run these roads. Sorry when that lease runs out.

Is there a system in place? Does the NWC or National Works Agency even care? Or is it a way to make more money on the job? Fix it then dig it up and charge more to fix it again.

This is just another problem in a Third-World country with a Third- World mentality. When will we even get a simple thing right?

PETER SHOUCAIR (JP)

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