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T&T falling down says Warner

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Caroni East MP and Health Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, second from right, and Works Minister Jack Warner, centre, talk with a motorist driving across the Mabey Delta Bridge linking the St Helena Bypass Road, after the official opening yesterday afternoon. At right is programme manager of the now disbanded PURE unit in the Ministry of Works, Hayden Phillips. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ

Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner has said that landslips are occurring, while bridges and houses are collapsing across T&T. He made the statement at yesterday’s ceremony to open the St Helena Bypass Road, Piarco. The two-kilometre road was constructed by Coosal’s Construction Co at a cost of $82 million within the 12-month contract period. It was a project of the Programme for Upgrading Roads Efficiency (PURE). In his address, Warner remarked that many of the workers of the PURE unit were leaving because of uncertainty about its future. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said the unit was being reviewed, while an audit was done by the Ministry of Finance.

Warner said he was not aware if the audit was started or completed as he was not told by anyone. He insisted that the unit was required in T&T. Dealing with the issue of landslides across the country, Warner said many of them were caused by WASA and/or natural disasters. “There are over 1,000 bridges in this country and only about 185 are good,” he added. Warner said these matters make it necessary to have all roads handled under the proposed Road Authority. He said the newly-opened St Helena Bypass Road would assist in reducing the traffic congestion in the area. He said no vending will be allowed on the bypass. “On this road there will be no vending,” the Works Minister said.

“Don’t begin to put your doubles stall here, don’t begin to put your fish stall you put it, we shall break it down.” He said everything would be done to prevent vendors from seeking any court injunction against the Government. “If you put it (vending stall) up Tuesday, we shall break it down Tuesday night,” he stressed. Warner said there was “a special team in the ministry to prevent that (vending). “No shed to be erected to sell fish...If there is one road that has to be different, this has to be it,”  he added.


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