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The Independent Liberal Party (ILP) has
lost another supporter. Former
Balmain/Calcutta No 2 local government
candidate Indarjit Seepersad announced
his decision yesterday, saying he did not
like the direction in which the party is head-
His resignation comes one day after the
lone ILP councillor in the Tunapuna/Piarco
Regional Corporation (TPRC) Reneera Chan
quit the party.
She said it went against her conscience to
continue to support the ILP since its aim
was solely to put the opposition PNM back
into power in the 2015 general election.
Seepersad, who spoke with reporters after
the formal opening of the Calcutta Bridge
B1/3 at Balmain, Couva, said the ILP is sup-
porting the PNM and he is not going to be
part of the party any more.
"When he (Jack Warner) bring Ramesh
(Lawrence Maharaj) on board and Ancel Roget
and David Abdulah and them I realise it was
back to the PNM. Yes, the ILP is PNM
because it is PNM back on board and this
is why I made the change. I have not tendered
my resignation, but I will be doing that as
soon as tomorrow," Seepersad said.
He said he was not afraid of any backlash
from Warner or ILP supporters in his area.
Seepersad, a former United National Con-
gress (UNC) alderman in the
Couva/Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corpo-
ration, was warmly embraced by Couva South
MP Rudranath Indarsingh after the
announcement. He later said he was pleased
to welcome Seepersad back to the UNC fold.
"The UNC has always committed itself to
being a party of inclusiveness, Mr Indarjit
Seepersad was a former alderman in the
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corpo-
ration and has a long track record with this
party and has continued that and he has
indicated to me that he wants to work with
all efforts towards re-election of the People s
Partnership government in 2015 and in the
constituency of Couva South."
Chan, who represents the Kelly
Village/Warrenville seat on the PNM-con-
trolled TPRC, said in her resignation letter
to Warner that she had struggled with her
conscience for quite some time before making
the decision to quit the ILP.
Chan, 28, remains a councillor at the cor-
ILP deputy political leader Anna Deonarine
resigned from the party some four months
The 25-year wait by residents of
Calcutta and Balmain, Couva, for a
new bridge finally ended yesterday.
Works and Infrastructure Minister
Dr Surujrattan Rambachan and
Couva South MP Rudranath Indars-
ingh formally opened a new $28m
bridge that connects the once sep-
Indarsingh said the last bridge had
been refurbished by the PNM but
was later declared a safety hazard and
closed. He said since then the com-
munities had been separated.
Rambachan said there had been
delays during construction because
of landslips and the bitumen shortage
but there had been no cost overruns.
He commended contractor Raghunath
Singh for ensuring that the project
stayed within budget.
Rambachan said the original bridge
was closed in June 2012 and in March
2013 work on the new bridge began.
He said more work is scheduled
for various communities in T&T. The
minister also announced that the
Valencia bypass will be opened next
month, easing traffic in that area and
a four-lane highway is being consid-
ered for the Caroni area to coincide
with construction of the Motor Vehi-
cle Authority facility in that area.
Yesterday s bridge opening was fol-
lowed by the formal opening of the
Macaulay acceleration and deceler-
ation ramps in Claxton Bay, with
accompanying road upgrades totalling
$6 million. It was constructed under
the ministry s Programme for Upgrad-
ing Roads Efficiency (Pure).
Rambachan,said the Unemploy-
ment Relief Programme (URP) was a
critical addition to his ministry as to
date some 1,000 projects, including
roadworks and pavilion construction,
have been completed by workers with
"People said the URP is a waste of
time and a waste of money. I had
responsibility for that programme
when I was Local Government Min-
ister and the Prime Minister was
pleased with the work I did and trans-
ferred it to me at this ministry," he
He said close to $250 million has
been spent in 1,000 URP projects
with 603 small contractors involved
in those projects.
Rambachan said some 72.3 km of
box drains, 67 retaining walls and
seven pavilions have been built or are
under construction and about 25
buildings belonging to religious organ-
isations have been repaired or refur-
bished by the URP.
He said more bridges have been
earmarked for construction by his
ministry and some 37 bridges have
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Another ILP member quits
New $28m bridge
A member of the Police Service closes her eyes as she prays during an interfaith service at the Church
of the Assumption in Maraval yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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