SINT MAARTEN (MP) Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel is once again sounding the alarm regarding the dangerous of the islands waterways and trenches in the various districts. On Tuesday he went as far as to ask the Minister of VROMI if he is waiting for a flash food for someone to lose their life, to finally act and clean-up the country.
Emmanuel chided the VROMI Minister for failing to execute the district cleaning after a bidding process was conducted. What happened to that process, he added, is still a mystery to most since no work is being carried out.
The MP pointed out that the water trenches and other water runoff points are “dangerously clogged up” with full grown trees. “Not even bush, but trees. You can barely see the trenches anymore. And this is in most districts. I have to wonder if the Minister of VROMI is waiting on a serious down pour, followed by a flash flood and people losing their lives in order for him to act,” Emmanuel said.
“The Minister is busy trying to distract the people from the fact that there is no actual work happening. He is walking down Frontstreet to determine problems areas? You need to walk Frontstreet to determine problems that have been there and that have been pointed out to you over and over again? Stop messing with people’s lives and do your job,” MP Emmanuel said.
This is the third time MP Emmanuel has urged the Minister to do something about the overgrown state of the district. Besides the trenches, several areas are completely overgrown by wild grass and small trees.
“There was a bidding process. I assume firms won the bid. Why is there no work happening? This is embarrassingly bad and very dangerous for our residents. God forbid a serious downpour hits us and children are in school in the cul-de-sac area. It will be an unthinkable disaster because the water will have nowhere to go,” the MP concluded.