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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The owners of a $4 million
property in Princes Town
which was severely damaged
by a landslide will not be com-
pensated by the Ministry of
This was according to Works
Minister, Dr Surujrattan Ram-
bachan, who spoke to the T&T
Guardian last week.
Rambachan said he had
requested an emergency report
on the landslip at Iere Village
Branch Road. He promised repair
works, estimated at $25 million,
would begin soon.
"I will have my people go out
again this week and have a look
at the situation. This is a very
expensive project, it is expected
to cost almost $25 million," he
"We cannot provide compen-
sation to the affected families,
but we can try to see what we
can do to assist them."
When asked whether his min-
istry had funds to undertake
such a project, Rambachan said,
"When there is a situation like
this, the ministry cannot leave
all those residents to be so dis-
tressed. We will have to find the
money somehow to get it done."
He declined to comment on the
residents claims that the issue
had been neglected for the past
Rambachan said yesterday
engineers were doing soil testing
in the area, but no other work
But Kamla Sahadath, the
owner of the house, disputed
Rambachan s version of events,
saying the minister was only try-
ing to save face. Her home is
being pushed away by the land-
slide which she says was caused
by a leaking WASA pipeline.
"They are not coming to fix
any road. It s been over two years
now we have been complaining
and now he wants to say they
coming to fix it?" she asked.
"He just said that to look good
on the paper. He knew about
this from the beginning; they
have visited us numerous times."
The four-storey, concrete
structure has shifted almost 20
feet from where it was built and
dropped about 10 feet below
road level, causing the worried
mother of three to wonder where
her family would live now.
She said she and her husband,
school teacher Darwin Sahadath,
took loans to complete their
home, which they had to finish
paying even though they were
watching their dream house col-
"We have to find a place to
rent now, we have nowhere else
to go," said Sahadath.
"We are still paying off a credit
union loan we took to complete
the house a few years ago. Every-
thing we work for just going
down the drain."
She said they began con-
structing the house nine years
ago and have only lived in it for
the past four years.
Princes Town families cry for help
No compensation for landslip damage
Iere Village resident Kamla Sahadath walks through the rubble of the eroding
roadway in front of her home. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
The Guardian visited the area
on Monday and spoke to
several residents who said the
landslips had gone from bad to
More than half of the
roadway is eroded and drivers
who are brave enough to use it
have to inch along, as one bad
move could send them
careening down a steep incline
created by the landslips and
straight into the already
unstable home of the Sahadath
Another home, located
opposite the landslip, is also
being threatened and one of its
owners, who gave her name
only as Naffisha, said her
family was fearful for their
"Our house already has
multiple cracks; the yard has
also cracked up. It is in a mess
and we are frightened for our
lives and our home," she said.
Naffisha said the slippage
prevented her family from
driving one of their vehicles out
of the yard, as the car was too
low and got stuck every time.
MORE HOMES THREATENED
Several taxi drivers also spoke
to the Guardian, saying they did
not know how much longer their
vehicles could withstand the
road conditions or how much
longer there would be a road for
them to drive on.
"This road licking up my car, I
fed up change parts already,"
said one, who asked to be
identified only as Mikey. "One
hard rain again and it would not
have a road again."
Another, who uses the road to
ply the Princes
Town/Williamsville route, said
while fares were increased
weeks ago from $4 to $5,
passengers might soon have to
face another increase.
"It costing us more to drive
here than we making," he said.
TAXI DRIVERS CRY OUT
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