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Financial Intelligence Unit
Almost a year after mounds of dirt
were excavated from the bottom of
San Fernando Hill and stockpiled in a
vacant lot near the Marabella Police
Station, it continues to be a health haz-
ard and eyesore.
San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein
has expressed frustration, saying he con-
tinues to get complaints from the res-
idents and business community about
the unsightly pile, but his inquiries about
its removal were being ignored.
"It (stockpile) was supposed to have
been removed months ago. The material
was supposed to be moved to
Williamsville, but nobody is paying me
any attention when I ask about it. I am
fed up of asking questions," the mayor
The material was reportedly removed
from excavation done on the compound
of Stackhouse Co Ltd, on Pointe-a-
Pierre Road, San Fernando, for the con-
struction of a car-park.
The City Corporation had stopped
the excavation as investigations were
conducted to determine whether a part
of the historic landmark, a heritage site
which borders Stackhouse compound,
was being excavated. Stackhouse was
later cleared of any wrongdoing and
arrangements were made to remove the
stockpile to Williamsville.
However, up until yesterday, when
the T&T Guardian visited the site, the
stockpile, though now overgrown with
bushes, is still very much there.
Hosein, when contacted, said he was
still receiving complaints about the
stockpile, but he was fed up of begging
for answers and getting none.
The pile of dirt located next to the Marabella Police Station which is yet to be removed.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
The T&T Guardian was advised by
Stackhouse owner, Truman Lochan
Dass, to direct all queries to his
lawyer. However, when asked who
was his lawyer, Lochan Dass hung up
The T&T Guardian also spoke to
councillor and attorney Kevin Ratiram
who was a member of a committee
set up last year to investigate
whether the San Fernando Hill was
being illegally mined as a result of
work on the Stackhouse compound.
Ratiram said the corporate secretary
had written to the Planning Ministry
asking them to take some action on
those responsible for the stockpile but
to date they have received no
"Nothing has been done in respect
to that and even though the letter
was written months ago, no response
has been forthcoming," said Ratiram.
He declined to speculate on the
identity of the owner of the stockpile,
but said: "A document was granted to
a particular individual for excavation
work and one condition of the work
was that the material was to be
stored in Williamsville."
He described the stockpile as an
ongoing insult to the city.
"I can't say who is the owner but I
am very disappointed at the person
responsible for this, I thought they
would have removed it by now. It
shows disdain and contempt for the
city. It is an insult." Ratiram said the
only thing the city was able to do at
this point was to issue a notice to the
owner of the land in Marabella to cut
and clear the overgrown bushes.
Several business owners who operate
around the Marabella based stockpile
said it was an eyesore in the community.
Vashti Joshua, one of the owners of
Rajkumar's Roti Shop, located opposite
the stockpile, said the grass growing on
the pile has solved the problem of
excessive dust flying.
"Since the grass get so big, there is not
much dust and sand flying, but it is still
an eyesore," she said. "I strongly think it
should be removed from here. At one
time we used to be able to see straight
across the road, the place was so clean
and clear, now look at it."
An employee of a safety company
nearby agreed, adding: "Apart from
being an eyesore it does not affect us
One businessman, who asked to
remain anonymous, said the overgrown
piles of dirt are harbouring rodents and
"Since the grass grew up like that,
there has been an increase in rats and
other pests in the area. They are
obviously coming from those overgrown
mountains," he said.
Mayor fed up
as no attempt
to remove dirt
Eyesore, health hazard in Marabella...
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