Is this Vincy gratitude to the Taiwanese?
By Peter Principle
The Technical Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is located at Pembroke and is accessed by Jason’s Drive, which branches off the recently rehabilitated Leeward Highway, near Greaves Supermarket. Roadwork was carried out within feet of the appalling condition of Jason’s Drive.
According to residents, the atrocious condition of the road has existed for years, causing considerable damage to their vehicles. Despite their self-help attempts at patching it, the absence of a drain on either side of the road in the initial roadwork, plus poor drainage throughout the area, has led to progressive deterioration following torrential rains from the passage of storms, trough systems and tropical waves. Water from the late July tropical wave further gouged out the bank which motorists previously had to resort to driving on, now leaving them a choice between two gullies.
The Taiwanese have generously contributed to relief efforts for disasters, as well as significant funding for road infrastructure. This is a sad reflection of the much touted “gratitude” for 35 years of assistance and friendship. Is this the best that can be done for our “friends”? With friends like us….
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