Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 3rd 2015 Contents back to 2006, during her submissions which supported
her argument about the defects of starting construction
at the Lady Young Gardens, Morvant, site.
One of the stated reports found that the soil at the
site was unsuitable to support the buildings.
Two of the nine multi-storey units of the housing
project began to fall apart after construction and were
later earmarked for demolition.
Elder, reading from a 2006 report by Geotech Asso-
ciates Ltd (GA), said: "It is apparent that the disturbed
material is unsuitable and prone to landsliding once
the two supports on a slope are removed."
She said the commission had to consider whether
the HDC knew of the findings before deciding to hire
China Jiangsu Corporation to construct the buildings.
However, Elder said another company, contracted
by the HDC, Planning Associates Ltd (PAL), which
drew the design for the site layout had submitted a
master plan that clearly outlined the problem.
The report, according to Elder, states: "Units A and
B on the northern end of the site were in advanced
construction when on-site investigations confirmed
that the stability of the southern end of the site was
She submitted that PAL asked its implementing
agency, Urban Development Corporation of T&T (Ude-
cott), for authorisation to proceed with recommen-
dations made by Geotech. That authorisation, however,
never materialised, said Elder.
She added: "On the 1st of May 2006, PAL forwarded
to Udecott, GA's 2006 report.
"In the covering letter, PAL expressly referred to
the recommendations contained in the report. About
three weeks later, PAL, by letter dated May 24, 2006,
asked Udecott for advice on the engagement of GA
to undertake the recommended tests.
"Notwithstanding the importance of this request,
PAL received no authorisation from Udecott for the
performance of the tests."
Elder told the commission that the cost to stabilise
the slope was estimated in 2014 at more than US$2
million (TT$12 million). Elder will continue her sub-
mission when the hearings resume this morning.
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A recommendation in 2010 to halt construction
of multi-storey apartment buildings at Las Alturas
housing project site was ignored by the Housing
Development Corporation (HDC).
This was among the submissions made yesterday
at the commission of enquiry into the housing project
by its lead counsel, Pamela Elder, SC, at the Caribbean
Court of Justice, Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, on the
first day evidence was brought forward.
The attorney referred to serveral reports, dating
Police searched the Maloney dis-
trict from Sunday night into yester-
day for a white Nissan AD wagon
belonging to missing businessman
Kirby Mohammed but came up
Investigators said they received a
call from someone saying the white
wagon, registered PDC 5152, was seen
driving through the area but could
not identify the driver.
Police also were awaiting a print
out of Mohammed's phone records
to see who were the people he last
contacted on Saturday before he went
Mohammed's mother, Linda, said
the last known contact her son made
was a text message to a friend, saying
he was returning from Port-of-Spain
and would be back by 7 pm.
In an interview at her office at
Trinzuela College yesterday, Linda
said she even went to the bank to see
if there were any suspicious transac-
She said after the bank learned of
his disappearance, they froze his
Both mother and son are directors
at the college and she said she had
not received any ransom calls.
She said there were no known dis-
putes between Mohammed and any-
one and he was not known to have
"We are hoping that he is alright.
My concern now is not for the car.
They can keep it but just return him
"Nobody has called for money and
I have his passport so it could not be
that he left the country.
would always call and tell me where
they are and if they are going to be
"On this occasion I got no call and
whenever I call his phone, it goes
straight to voicemail," Mohammed
Mohammed, 47, of St Joseph Village, San Fernando, is also a Carnival
costume designer with Trini Revellers and an interior decorator.
He was last seen around 3.30 pm Saturday when he left home for Port-of-
Spain to buy supplies for costumes he was contracted to design for
upcoming carnivals in Bahamas, Grenada and Miami.
He was expected to return later that day to attend the annual World Laugh
Festival at8 pm at the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, but has not been seen
Anyone with infor on Mohammed's whereabouts is asked to contact the
nearest police station or 290-9390, 290-4681 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS.
LAST SEEN ALIVE
The commission of enquiry was set up to investi-
gate "the entire process which led to the construction
of the Las Alturas towers at Lady Young gardens,
Morvant, and all other acts, matters or decisions done
or undertaken incidental to and including the con-
struction" of the project, which includes the procure-
Two multi-storey units of the Las Alturas housing
project began falling apart after construction and the
$26 million towers were to be demolished. They were
part of a larger project, which was originally budgeted
for $65 million and then rose to $90 million.
The commission is chaired by former Justice of Ap-
peal Mustapha Ibrahim. The members are civil engi-
neers, Dr Myron Wing-Sang Chin and Anthony Farrell.
Attorney Laraine Lutchmedial is the secretary.
They were appointed by President Anthony Car-
mona last December. The enquiry continues today at
the Caribbean Court of Justice, Henry Street, Port-of-
Last September, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar recommended an enquiry into the project
after raising concerns about the two towers which
had to be demolished.
Persad-Bissessar said Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley, who was a former housing minister under
the PNM, as well as Emily Gaynor Dick-Forde, who
succeeded him, have distanced themselves from
Rowley said then he welcomed the probe but said
it would be another waste of millions of taxpayers'
AT A GLANCE
HDC ignored warning
on site defects---Elder Cops in search for
Pamela Elder, SC.
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