Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 1st 2015 Contents SHALIZA HASSANALI
Controversy is brewing over a
multi-million dollar contract award-
ed to Kalco Ltd to pave the Toco Main
Road from Matelot to Shark River.
While chairman of the Sangre
Grande Regional Corporation, Terry
Rondon is insisting that the paving
was shoddily done and taxpayers did
not get value for money, former direc-
tor of highways in the Ministry of
Works and Infrastructure, Roger
Ganesh, is maintaining that the work
was done up to standard.
On Thursday, Rondon blew his top
on the matter, stating that Kalco was
provoking the residents of the north-
He said motorists, residents, com-
muters and pedestrians had been
complaining to him daily because the
road was left in a deplorable condi-
In 2012, Rondon said, Kalco was
contracted to pave seven miles of the
Toco Main Road over a six-month
Rondon said after waiting for almost
three years, only three miles of road
from Matelot to Shark River were
"Then to our shock last October,
Kalco just packed up their equipment
and left. They are a law unto them-
selves, man. They just ain t care about
nobody," an irate Rondon said.
Rondon: My hands are tied
To compound matters, Rondon said,
while Kalco was in the process of leav-
ing the site, a subcontractor of Kalco
came and dug up portions of the road
from Toco to Sans Souci and never
"Kalco has only been playing the
fool with us and not completing the
work. Now they leave the people in
Matelot to suffer once again. They are
provoking the people. They are taking
us for granted because we do not burn
tyres and protest like other commu-
nities to get what we want."
Rondon said he did not believe tax-
payers got value for money.
Admitting that the road had been
neglected for years, Rondon said the
People s National Movement was not
in government and there was little he
"Burgesses feel I have the power
under the corporation to fix the road,
but that responsibility lies in the hands
of the Ministry of Works and Infra-
structure. My hands are tied. It s pure
politics the Government playing.
There is no doubt that the people are
being sidelined because they support-
ed the PNM. The people will talk vol-
umes on election day."
Ganesh: Kalco has
not abandoned the job
However, Ganesh who retired from
the ministry last December gave the
assurance that Kalco "has not aban-
doned" the job.
Ganesh, whose son-in-law operates
Kalco, was at the helm of the highways
division when the contract was award-
ed.Ganesh said on Friday that Kalco
was awaiting the completion of works
by T&TEC, WASA and the Programme
for Upgrading Roads Efficiency (Pure).
"As soon as all those things are
sorted out...the utilities and so, it will
be completed. There is not much to
be done anyway. It is just about ten
per cent to be done. I can assure you
that within a month s time work will
be completed under the contract.
Within a month whatever defects, if
there are any, will be repaired so there
would not be anything for anyone to
Ganesh said he disagreed with Ron-
don that the paving was poorly done,
having seen the work himself.
"I am satisfied with the work that
has been done so far. Remember there
are other contractors working in the
area. I am not sure they are talking
Unable to quote the value of the
paving contract, Ganesh also dispelled
reports that a subcontractor of Kalco
uprooted parts of the road and left it.
"Whatever he (Rondon) told you,
that is not correct at all. We are not
abandoning any job. We don t have
anything to hide. Mr Rondon is paint-
ing a wrong picture."
Ganesh said the time frame of
Kalco s contract was extended due to
"That is the nature of civil con-
struction works. When you dealing
in areas where WASA can t tell you
where their lines run and those sorts
of things, you have those problems
always cropping up."
Phillip: Kalco finished
their contract a long time
On Friday, programme director of
Pure, Hayden Phillip, said as far as
he was aware Kalco had wrapped up
its work at the site.
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A toddler of Bamboo Village,
Valsayn, has died after a steel gate
fell on him at his home on Friday
According to a police report,
around 7 pm, computer technician
Ishwar Rampaul, 37, was at his
John Drive, Bamboo No 3 home,
attempting to fix his sliding front
gate which had stuck in its tracks.
Rampaul had just sprayed it with
WD40 and was pulling and push-
ing it in a bid to loosen the wheels.
His two-year-old son, Adam Ale-
jandro Rampaul, on realising that
his father was outside the gate ran
out of the house to meet him.
As the child ran up to the gate
it came tumbling down on him.
His mother, Lisa Munglasingh, 35,
did not reach in time to get him
out of harm s way and she was
struck by the gate as she attempted
to protect him. She suffered a bro-
ken left leg.
Both Mungalsingh and her son
were taken to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, where
Adam was pronounced dead on
Little Adam was born with a
hole in the heart and his medical
condition was highlighted in the
Sunday Guardian on September
His parents were raising funds
for years to have the child flown
to the United States for a cardiac
Open heart surgery was also an
option, however Munglasingh said
they chose for the child to undergo
catherisation closure because it
involved less trauma and a quicker
healing time for her son.
In December 2014, he was taken
to Miami for medical screening
and treatment at a paediatric hos-
When Sunday Guardian visted
Rampaul and his wife yesterday,
they were seen consoling each
other in the garage area of their
home. Relatives were also seen sit-
ting around in silence.
Munglasingh said her husband
came home from work about 6.30
pm and was opening the gate when
She said for about half an hour
he was outside struggling with the
"Adam would go crazy for his
daddy, so I had to keep him inside.
I placed two boards blocking the
doorway outside so that Adam
wouldn t run out to meet his daddy
but when he (Adam) realised his
dad was outside, he ran to the back
of the house through the kitchen.
"He was so fast I couldn t catch
through the front door. By this
time, Adam had already reached
to the front and was running
towards the gate and that was
when I darted out and almost grab
him, but the gate had already start-
ed to fall. It was too late."
"It happened so quick. We were
just in shock and still in shock."
Rampaul, in tears, said he
believed his only child, Adam, was
God-sent. "Adam was a peaceful
yet joyous child. He greeted every-
one with a smile. He brought hap-
piness to our lives."
An autospy is expected to be
conducted at the Forensic Science
Centre in St James tomorrow.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be
Boy with hole
in heart killed
by falling gate
'Bad work' on Toco Road
leaves Rondon furious
Kalco at centre of controversy over
million-dollar paving contract...
Parents of two-year-old Adam Rampaul, Lisa and Ishwar console each other after a gate collapsed and killed
the toddler yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Ganesh said he
disagreed with Rondon
that the paving was
poorly done, having
seen the work himself.
"I am satisfied with the
work that has been
done so far. Remember
there are other
contractors working in
the area. I am not sure
they are talking about
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