Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde is upset with both the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) for failing to communicate with her constituents who have been subjected to inconveniences during the laying of pipes in some communities.
It was difficult to tell which of the two state entities was the greater offender in Forde’s eyes, as she delivered her contribution to the debate on the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.
She conceded that there had been some improvements to the water supply. However, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party legislator said the problem with lengthy outages was far from resolved, adding, “we can understand that, but have some communication with us [on the outages]”.
Forde reminded parliamentarians that prior to the laying of the new pipes St Thomas residents had experienced water outages for a year, “and to this day the minister hasn’t said a word to us, the general manager hasn’t said a word to us, the people in the north”.
“It’s like the NPC that has dug up more than a mile and a half of road going across Canewood Road in Cane Garden. Not one single word to the residents who have to suffer the noise pollution [and] the inconveniences of travelling on that road,” she added.
Increasing her frustration was the fact that the natural gas pipes were not for the benefit of residents, but to supply “a big conglomerate”, the parliamentary representative said.
“The property that they are aiming [the pipes] towards is a big conglomerate again over in Lears, but the poor people that running the stretch from Steel Donkey over in Jackson can get no natural gas. They have been bypassed to go all over to Lears,” she complained.