West Bank Demerara lock operators punished for flooding – Demerara Waves Online News- Guyana
Updated on Sunday 30 May 2021, 20:38 by Denis Chabrol
Two West Bank Demerara lock operators, who have failed to show up to close a lock gate in Vreed-en-Hoop, must be punished if found guilty of negligence, officials said on Sunday.
Administrators in the third region said residents and businesses in the West Bank’s Vreed-en-Hoop / Plantain Walk area were flooded on Sunday morning because lock operators were not on duty.
Junior Minister of Public Works Deodat Indar said that an excavator was deployed to close the gate under the pressure of the high tide of the Demerara River and that pumps were used to discharge so much water into the river. . He said residents’ small poultry and vegetable farms had been affected.
Mr. Indar said lock operators would be subject to disciplinary action. “Obviously, the regional administration should take disciplinary action against these two people as this resulted in significant damage to livestock and property,” he said.
The minister said the flooding from the opening of the lock gate worsened the water build-up caused by heavy rains for several hours overnight on Saturday.
On the issue of disciplinary action against lock operators, region three general manager Jagnarine Somwar said public service rules would be strictly followed to avoid questions being raised. “The rules of the public service are clear and we will follow the guidelines. Disciplinary measures will be applied to those who neglect their duty, but we will apply the rules of the public service so that we do not make unwittingly decisions that will cause problems later, ”he said.
The Regional Chairman said the two lock officers would be summoned to the office of the Regional Executive Director and “necessary directives” would be invoked and “necessary action taken”.
Mr Somwar said rangers reported that the lock operators did not show up for work on Sunday morning and when he got to the lock he did not see them although there had spent a long time. “It would appear that at this point – I don’t want to prejudge anything – but it would appear at that point that they probably felt guilty and therefore were not at the scene,” said the regional executive director.