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“Problem” concrete structure in RT ghut being removed

RT preparing for Hurricane Season
Excavator and Hammer digging up middle concrete structure that can cause blockage or over flow in hurricane season. Photo: VINO
Concrete middle structure that is to be removed. Photo: VINO
Concrete middle structure that is to be removed. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the hurricane season fast approaching, Minister for Communications and Works and representative for the 4th District Hon. Mark Vanterpool is making efforts to have the capital “hurricane proof”, firstly by ensuring that the drains and ghuts can control the excessive water flow and preventing blockage or over flow.

However, former Fourth District Representative Dr. Vincent Scatliffe, under the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration, while building the ghut in Road Town, had constructed a middle concrete structure as apart of the ghut design.

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online Dr. Scatliffe stated that while he was elected, the original plan was to remove the concrete middle section after realising its consequences. “It should have been removed and I was going to remove it if I had got back in, but I didn’t.”

He added that Hon. Vanterpool is executing the original plan that was put in place for the ghut.

Meanwhile, Hon. Vanterpool told this news site that the middle concrete structure is creating a problem with the flow of water entering through that section “so we are simply clearing the passage.”

Workers are currently on the site today May 26, 2012, to remove the concrete middle section with excavators and other heavy duty equipment working to remove the section.

Speaking to Site Supervisor Jay Archibald, he stated that the previous project engineer must have thought that the concrete middle section would have contributed to an easy water flow. He added that if the centre piece is not removed before the hurricane season it can cause more trouble than how it seems.

Bryan Blyden, hired Contractor for the site agreed with Mr. Archibald and stated that, “the contractor/engineer hired by the previous Minister who was responsible for the ghut built it wrong.”

He added, “You never put any steal or wall structure in the middle of a ghut, everything has to be free to pass.”

Public Works Engineer Mr. Jameal Georges said that it is a must that the middle concrete structure be moved.

“The kind of stuff that comes down from the gut, like trees and appliances, the middle section would cause a blockage, so we are basically taking out the middle section and making it flat to ensure a steady flow in the drain.”

Mr. Blyden stated that work should end by tomorrow night May 27, 2012.

24 Responses to ““Problem” concrete structure in RT ghut being removed”

  • neclear (26/05/2012, 13:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how come no body saying mark only teking care of his distrcit Road Town??? set of two faced fools in this place.
    • school children (26/05/2012, 14:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      the first wall job in his district, he give it to his brother to do.. up sugar mill road, below boynes and carol house.. go see for yourself
      • Migoman (28/05/2012, 15:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You talking PURE WACK. I know who got that contract and it aint NObody you thinking about. So hush your backside
  • critic (26/05/2012, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    drexel should take all the blame for this
  • JTV (26/05/2012, 13:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want to know what was the reason why that middle concerte was placed there in the first place???? And its impact on the water flow ….
  • observer (26/05/2012, 13:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    was it not the same public work department that draw the plans not vincent.the engineer at pwd are a waste of time book sense no common sense.
  • lower estate (26/05/2012, 14:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark jami for one district his own
    • system (27/05/2012, 15:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Fay (27/05/2012, 17:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The 4th district happens to be Road Rown, where most if not all of the bloggers work. I don't know what nonsense you all blogging. Road Town and Purcell have the worse desasters when there is a hurricane or heavy rain. I commend Mark for making an effort by taking care of one of the major problems. He needs to move to purcel next, but we all know the magnitude of work that is required in that area.
  • anegada (26/05/2012, 14:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what happen to we up here buddy.. are we forgottened? this man only fixing his district
  • for sale (26/05/2012, 14:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jay dem wid ndp dey minute dem aint get wk dem switch set of parasites deman
    • doc (12/08/2012, 14:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you are so right. eight years ago when the same mark wouldn't give them work they turn against him & take in vincent now when vincent didn't give them all the work they turn against him and back to mark untill he stop giving them jobs they will find someone else hang on too.
  • maytay (26/05/2012, 14:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    jay archibald a project manager? is he qualified?
  • cow bird (26/05/2012, 15:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Has this been thought through? I hope so and it’s not just pure politics to mek vincent look bad!!!
  • Boo (26/05/2012, 16:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Scato wall gone!
  • The Watcher (26/05/2012, 21:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    More money down the drain..oops ghut.
  • zoe (26/05/2012, 23:24) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mark is right to get prepared for the aftermath of a Hurricane is not easy for the capital.
  • Think with SENSE (27/05/2012, 18:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now every minute ayo got something to say. This has nothing to do with it being his district. Road Town is the capital and the home to many businesses schools etc. If flooding occurs and this is not handled a lot of us will be negatively impacted and the country businesses will not operate. This in turn will cost them revenue and the country as well. SO please hink before you speak. COUNTRY B4 SELF.

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