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April 12, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
State-owned National Quarries (NQ) is toying
with the idea of building houses on its sprawling
2,600-acre quarry at Turure in Valencia, as part
of its drive to clear a $35 million debt, chairman
Keshwar Maharaj says.
The matter was discussed by its seven-member
board but no final decision has yet been taken.
"It is on discussion right now," Maharaj said in
an interview at his Arouca office on Wednesday.
"We have a lot of things we can do...like building
Maharaj said construction of homes was one of
several ideas NQ had thrown out as it continues to
diversify and create a strategic approach for the
company s upward mobility. The company had
undertaken a comprehensive review of its operations
and emerged with a profit-oriented focus, he said.
Last year, NQ established a successful agricultural
project at Turure, also known as its Sand & Gravel
Division, to earn income since it does not receive
subventions from the Government.
"We generate our own funds," Maharaj pointed
Maharaj said if its Turure quarry was properly
managed, it had the potential to turn into a flourishing
eco-tourism destination for visitors and locals.
The quarry s land space was vast, Maharaj said.
"We have lands in there, you know. Inside of Turure
has over 2,000 acres. So if we take 100 acres you
know how many houses you can build on that?"
NQ s Web site lists Turure s total acreage at 2,600.
Although deep craters are visible due to the quarry s
mining there, some areas are covered with greenery
and thick vegetation along its dirt roads. Overlooking
the breezy hilltops one can also see the Caroni plains
and the extensive land mass has a breathtaking view
at strategic points.
Turure is one of two quarries from which NQ
extracts aggregate. The other is at Verdant Vale,
Blanchisseuse, which has approximately 117 acres.
Asked how many houses they were looking to
construct, Maharaj replied, "We don t know, as I
say, it is just something."
Questioned if they would partner with the Housing
Development Corporation should the company s
plans become a reality, Maharaj shook his head in
the affirmative. But he said he had not discussed
the matter with Housing Minister Dr Roodal Mooni-
"It was suggested before. As I said, we want to
make sure that when we get into something, we do
something that is feasible."
Next month, the Ministry of Energy will
grant National Quarries (NQ) a licence to
operate its third quarry at Brigand Hill, San-
gre Grande, which has more than $2 billion
worth of limestone.
The licence will pave the way for the min-
eral to be mined from the ten-acre quarry,
which will be used for government s road
paving projects and the construction sector.
Among the road networks to be completed
is the country s $7 billion extension of the
Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin.
Aggregate will also be needed for the pro-
posed construction of a $16 billion highway
from San Fernando to Mayaro and develop-
mental projects, mainly the building of homes
under the Housing Development Corpora-
Limestone is a hard sedimentary rock used
in the making of cement and building mate-
NQ chairman Keshwar Maharaj said in an
interview that as road paving and develop-
mental projects intensified, contractors, batch-
ing plants and hardwares would require a
larger volume of limestone.
NQ currently mines from two quarries at
Valencia and Blanchisseuse.
In January, Maharaj said, NQ and the Toba-
go House of Assembly (THA) had also agreed
upon a bartering system with materials.
The THA extracts aggregate from the Stud-
ley Park Quarry.
"We are working on a bartering system...so
there is no cash involved between the two
Maharaj said the THA needed NQ s sharp
sand for construction and road paving, while
they would supply them with aggregate.
"The THA trucks will load their materials
and bring it to us. They in turn will load up
our materials and take it back to Tobago on
Maharaj said both organisations would
start with the exchange of 1,000 cubic yards
"By next month a licence will be issued
by the ministry to operate a limestone quarry
at Brigand Hill. We would have materials for
over 20 to 30 years, given the demand in the
NQ estimated the quarry has approximately
$2 billion in limestone, he said.
As it stands now, Maharaj said, the demand
for aggregate far exceeded its supply, which
sometimes resulted in Government importing
from the Dominican Republic and other
"This quarry will help when there is a
NQ plots major diversification drive
Hayman Ramdhanie, manager of National
Quarries' Turure agricultural project in
Valencia, stands on land overlooking the
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