Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 7th 2015 Contents confirmed that the work had been
shut down until the proper doc-
uments were filed for approval.
Bachan said, on Friday, EMA
officials visited the work site and
"enforced action" to shut it down.
The Sunday Guardian under-
stands that there are questions
surrounding the entire project
that is now being investigated,
including when the property was
sold, who bought it, and what
the area is being prepped for.
The EMA also stepped in to
stop what it claimed was unau-
thorised work in plain sight.
"They cannot proceed until
they have the proper require-
ments," Bachan said.
The Sunday Guardian contact-
ed Housing and Urban Develop-
ment Minister Dr Roodal Mooni-
lal who said he was unaware of
Political Leader of the Move-
ment for Social Justice David
Abdulah says the UNC is selling
T&T s crown jewels in order to
win an election.
In a media release yesterday,
Abdulah said: "They are giving
away state lands and funds to
friends, family and financiers like
SIS and Kall Co.
"This is a terrible injustice.
"The people of T&T were being
dispossessed of their patrimony."
He said the MSJ would address
this and other injustices at its
Forum, "Initiating Action towards
the Second Republic," today at
Preysal Secondary School, as it
launches its campaign T&T Needs
Abdulah said the MSJ wanted
to draw national attention to the
UNC s ongoing attempts to sell
off the national patrimony to pri-
He said another attack on the
farmers of Guave Road in
Chaguaramas took place on Friday.
Abdulah said CDA s contractors,
Kall Co, went in with machinery
and destroyed more crops.
He said Planning Minister Dr
Bhoe Tewarie and the CDA were
intent on building a multi-level
car park in Guave Road and on
constructing a major road through
the food-producing land.
Abdulah said farmers were
being dispossessed of their land
and livelihood, even as the country
faced food insecurity and a foreign
He said another instance of the
UNC government s intent to sell
off the country s patrimony was
the Initial Purchase Offer (IPO)
of shares in Phoenix Park Gas
Abdulah said this company
became a fully-owned subsidiary
of the National Gas Company only
He said Phoenix Park was a
Abdulah said there was no rea-
son to sell it except that the UNC
Government wanted to raise as
much money as possible to finance
the budget deficit, spend on more
Cepep jobs, and start various
white elephant projects, all in an
effort to win the 2015 general elec-
Secret contractors, represented
only through high-powered attor-
neys, have begun unauthorised work
on two stretches of land in Chagua-
nas and Oropouche, forcing the Envi-
ronmental Management Authority
(EMA) to step in and order that work
One property, between MovieTowne
Chaguanas and the Divali Nagar site,
is being developed and belongs to a
client of attorney Roopchan
Chadeesingh. Chadeesingh is a board
member of the state-owned National
Gas Company (NGC) and has also
been linked to Super Industrial Serv-
ices (SIS), having reportedly been that
company s chairman in 2010.
In a brief interview, Chadeesingh
confirmed that he was the legal rep-
resentative for the "private client"
behind the Chaguanas development.
private matter," Chadeesingh said.
Though the term of the board of
the EMA has officially come to an
end, representatives visited the site
last week to issue a stop notice. Insid-
ers at the EMA said that days after
the stop notice was issued, the con-
struction company applied for the rel-
evant approvals but did not stop the
work on the site.
This prompted a second visit by
the EMA on Friday to gather more
But Chadeesingh has denied that
there was any stop notice issued for
the Chaguanas development, saying
that the EMA officials visited as a for-
mality and did not stop the contractors
Another four secret contractors are
behind the multi-million dollar land
grab and land fill operations on the
water s edge in Otaheite.
The Sunday Guardian understands
that the executive at the Environmen-
tal Management Authority (EMA),
though already at the end of its tenure,
has been forced to step in and shut
down unauthorised works along the
waters in Otaheite.
The Sunday Guardian visited the
site on Wednesday and again on Friday
and witnessed a steady flow of
unmarked trucks and equipment
dumping and levelling tonnes of land-
fill on an empty stretch of land near
the water next to Damus Oil Ltd in
On both occasions truck drivers and
bulldozer operators could give no
information on whom they were
working for or what they were doing
on the property.
Two nearby residents, speaking on
the condition of anonymity, told the
Sunday Guardian that the works have
been going on for some time and
named a government minister s broth-
er as the man controlling the oper-
The land is being filled and has
already been turned into a small
The now former chairman of the
EMA, Dr Allan Bachan, confirmed
that the work in Otaheite was being
carried out by four contractors but
could not go into more detail since
the investigation is ongoing. He also
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MSJ: UNC selling off crown jewels
EMA steps in to stop...
An Environmental Management Authority official and contractors
inspect lands currently being developed for housing along Endeavour
Road, Chaguanas. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
A tractor backfills land at Otaheite, south Trinidad, on Friday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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