Linden Power Company (LPC) plant manager Steve Bovell has reported that all three of the generating sets loaned to the community by GPL are in working order.
He said that most of the town now had electricity including the water treatment plants and the Linden Hospital Complex. However while residents in a number of areas at both Mackenzie and Wismar have confirmed that they were receiving water it has been intermittent.
Since the power went on early Tuesday evening some sections of Wismar had electricity for a short period. While at Amelia’s Ward the power went on from around 10 am yesterday morning. The Mackenzie Front is still without electricity.
Meanwhile with the main bridge blocked, prices are rising for major commodities and beverages. Residents say that businesses have been forced to raise their prices since they have been incurring additional costs to transport their goods. “What is happening now is that when the businessmen bring their goods from Georgetown they have to offload at Mackenzie pay a huge cost at the boat to make several trips to get to the other shore, then pay another fee for another transportation before getting to their business place,” one resident explained. Residents on the Wismar shore mainly feel the rise in prices. “I respect what the protesters have done.. But I feel is high time that they release the bridge.
The government and the world at large have heard their cases. The statement has been made and I don’t think the government would ever want this to happen ever again,” another noted. But on the other hand there are those who felt differently. “I really think that they should hold fast on their stand if they don’t, the eye pass will happen again. I will continue to support them for as long as it takes,” one man noted.
Residents say that they fear the worst especially with the boat services which are transporting large quantities of goods and passengers. “If you see how these boats overloading nowadays.
Passengers with plenty goods and especially with a certain landing they suddenly turn into a cargo boat.
I wonder if some authority can’t come and examine what is going on. Don’t tell me `bout de town council cause they ain’t fit a thing. If you does see how low them boat bow does be down and worst of all most of them ain’t got five life (jackets),” said one resident.
Another area of concern is the overcrowding of the Burnham Drive especially in the area of the boat landings where the taxis and buses have formed a park.
It was said that drivers are using the roadway recklessly and not taking into consideration the heavy traffic.
As of late there has been a surge of traffic on the Wismar end with the closure of the bridge.
Most of the short-drop buses and numerous taxis that have been trapped on that shore have been forced to operate from that end.
A Government Informa-tion Agency press release also informed that the Linden Town day has been postponed to a date in July. (Cathy Wilson)