The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has hired five operators from Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara to operate the elevators attached to the pedestrian overpass in the community.
The lift was commissioned on Friday morning. While pedestrians have been utilising the overpass since 2018, the elevator was not operational.
According to the Ministry, the operators will be working a shift system from 6:00 hrs. – 14:00 hrs. and from 14:00 hrs. to 22:00 hrs. The decision to close the elevators at 22:00 hrs is as a result of fewer pedestrians after that time.
The operators will also be outfitted with safety vests and radio sets.
They are required to have their radio set on them at all times so in the event of an emergency, the operators will be able to connect with their supervisor at the Demerara Habour Bridge Corporation (DHBC).
The elevators were commissioned by Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson; Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Jaipaul Sharma and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s Permanent Secretary, Kenneth Jordan.
Minister Patterson in brief remarks admonished the young operators to be respectful at all time and to treat the general public inclusive of children courteously.
Additionally, Minister Sharma also urged the operators respect the elderly, differently abled and pregnant women.