Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 10th 2015 Contents TRINTOPLAN HIRED
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Home repairs or vacation,
medical or tuition
NEED A LOAN
Flexible repayment terms
No penalty for early repayment
4 Gallus St.,
we like to lend.
The public is hereby notified that
Trinidad & Tobago Rally Club pro-
poses to apply to the
Authority (EMA) for a variation in
accordance with the Noise
Pollution Control Rules 2001 for
the Event/Activity described below:
Date of Event/Activity:
Friday March 27th 2015
Description of Event/Activity:
Address of Event/Activity:
Hasley Crawford Stadium
Duration of Event/Activity:
4.00 p.m - 11.00 p.m
The public is invited to submit
comments within 5 working days
of the publication of this Notice
to the EMA.
Absolutely no documents or draw-
ings detailing the drainage and sewer
systems for the Las Alturas housing
project were ever presented to Trin-
toplan engineer Andrea Claire Abel
for review by the Housing Develop-
ment Corporation (HDC).
Abel made the comment yesterday
as she continued her evidence in chief
during the Commission of Enquiry at
the Caribbean Court of Justice, Port-
Saying that Trintoplan Consultants
Ltd was contracted by the HDC in July
2012 to conduct a structural condition
assessment report for buildings H and
I of the project at Lady Young Gardens,
Morvant, Abel said she was also
unaware if a completion certificate had
ever been issued in relation to the proj-
ect.Buildings H and I began to fall apart
after construction, leading to their even-
tual demolition in 2012.
Concluding her evidence yesterday,
Abel, who was led by attorney for the
commission Jagdeo Singh, agreed that
there were glaring omissions regarding
critical aspects of the buildings infra-
structure, such as where the waste-
water and sewerage would be chan-
Quoting from the 2012 report, Abel
said despite requests to the HDC for
the relevant information they "never
got any answer."
Singh, who is appearing alongside
Pamela Elder, SC---both of whom are
instructed by Alvin Pariagsingh---ques-
tioned Abel about the observations in
July 2012, in comparison to an assess-
ment which was conducted in June
Abel said the Trintoplan team had
been prevented from inspecting build-
ings H and I in 2012 due to safety con-
cerns, and as such they were limited
to areas deemed safe by HDC officials.
She said there appeared to be no sig-
nificant damage to buildings A and B
in 2012, but an inspection of H and I
revealed significant deterioration to
both apartment buildings.
That damage included severe crack-
ing, exposed foundations, window
frames buckling, broken walls, exposed
brickwork, an absence of mortar within
the concrete walls and columns sep-
arating from the walls.
Pressed by Singh to say what the
extent of damage indicated, Abel said
there was a possibility that proper con-
struction methods and procedures had
not been followed.
Asked who would have been respon-
sible for bringing this to the attention
of the HDC, Abel said it could have
been the contractor.
Pressed by commission chairman
Mustapha Ibrahim on if this was the
responsibility of the project manager,
CE Management and Services Ltd
(CEMAS), Abel said it was possible.
Questioned about a number of pho-
tographs depicting the damage observed
at building H, which also included a
loss of ground beneath the structure,
Abel agreed with Singh s statement
that "it was left hanging in the air"
and had been disconnected from the
Referring to the $8 million retaining
wall that had been built in the south
carpark, Abel said they observed a crack
approximately eight inches wide.
Under cross examination by HDC
lead attorney Vincent Nelson, QC, Abel
said they were provided with certain
documents by HDC project engineer
Allan Cunningham, even as they were
warned not to contact the project man-
ager or anyone else associated with the
The enquiry will resume at 9.30 am
, ll ,
l p p .
l - y
Al p ll
y p l p ,
$65 ll $ 0
y App l
l l ,
y - C
A y ll. A y
l y. y
A y C l
. p ,
, ll ly y -
l l .
l y l
p , l
xp y ' ll .
l , l
ly 20 .
ly, 20 .
l l p l
B l ,
l p l x
B l , l p
l p l , l
l l pl
AT A GLANCE
Links Archive March 9th 2015 March 11th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page