Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 4th 2014 Contents The first hearing of the commission of enquiry into the collapse of Las
Alturas begins on December 8 at the Caribbean Court of Justice courtroom,
Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, where preliminary matters will be addressed.
The commission of enquiry, chaired by Ibrahim, also comprises of structural
engineering expert Anthony Farrell, a past president of T&T's Association of
Professional Engineers and structuring engineering consultant and retired
UWI lecturer Dr Myron W Chin. Lorraine Lutchmedial is the secretary to the
Chairman of the National
Building Code Committee
Shyankaran Lalla has welcomed
the Las Alturas commission of
enquiry as a positive move to
finally bring closure to the con-
He hopes the commission will
not only find the root cause of the
collapse of the $40 million project
but makes recommendations to
ensure such a situation does not
On Tuesday the commission,
chaired by retired justice of appeal
Mustapha Ibrahim, was sworn in
by President Anthony Carmona
at President s House.
Two multi-storey units of the
Las Alturas housing project, Mor-
vant, which was built by the Hous-
ing Development Corporation, suf-
fered major structural damage after
Lalla, in a telephone interview
yesterday, said the commission
was a positive move, since: "We
have only heard very little after
the collapse of the building and
there was never any real investi-
gation into the issue."
Lalla said it was "very unfortu-
nate" a building of that size and
cost, which was built to house
people, had to meet such an end.
"Fortunately no one was in that
building at the time it started to
show signs of collapse," said Lalla,
otherwise many people would have
lost their lives.
He said many questions were
left unanswered when the multi-
million-dollar project began to
crumble, and hopefully those
responsible would be brought to
Lalla contended that it was evi-
dent today that "there appears to
be a lack of project management
capacity and quality control of
He also stressed the urgency for
the release of funding for the com-
mittee to begin its work on for-
mulating a national building code.
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Two multi-storey units of the Las Alturas housing project, Morvant, which was
built by the Housing Development Corporation, suffered major structural damage
Las Alturas enquiry
will bring closure
Building Committee hopeful that...
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