Earlier this week, the Ministry of Housing announced plans to relocate several informal settlers residing along the drainage and sea defence reserves on the East Bank of Demerara within the next six months. In response to the proposal,Nightly News’ Renata Burnette visited the affected areas to speak with residents and gauge their reactions to the government’s plan.

Many informal settlers, who have been living in the area for several years, expressed mixed feelings about the proposal. Some welcomed the opportunity to move to a safer and more stable living environment, while others expressed concern about being displaced from their homes and communities.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “I’ve been living here for over 20 years, and it’s been a struggle, but it’s also been my home. I don’t know if I’m ready to leave it all behind.” Another resident, who has been living in the area for five years, said, “I welcome the government’s proposal, I think it’s a good thing, but I’m also concerned about how it will affect my family and my business.”

The Ministry of Housing has stated that they will work closely with the affected residents to ensure that the relocation process is as smooth and equitable as possible. In addition, they will assist with finding new housing and support for any economic or social disruptions.

The residents of the East Bank of Demerara are now awaiting more information from the government on the relocation process and the new housing options.


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