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for 08TH JUNE, 2015
St Joseph Opposition MP Terrance
Deyalsingh said yesterday four major infra-
structural projects are now immersed in
alleged controversy and corruption.
He is asking for an official report and
update from Nidco chairman Dr Carlson
Charles and Minister of Works and Infra-
structure Dr Surujrattan Rambachan.
In an interview yesterday, Deyalsingh said
in 2013 at the consultation meeting to discuss
the new structure and technical aspect of
the St Joseph bridge, he had raised some
"I had raised issues about the technical
competence of the contractor and the officials
at the meeting back then were adamant that
he is very much capable and could do this
project. Now I am hearing about this,"
A Sunday Guardian report said Ram-
bachan has launched a probe into the $15
million St Joseph River bridge project after
the concrete decking on the project failed
concrete tests and standards specifications.
The contractor, KJS Enterprises Ltd, was
subsequently mandated to demolish the
decking and steel work and redo the structure
before work on the bridge resumes.
Rambachan explained that the contractor s
concrete was rejected and he had been asked
to remove the concrete and replace it with
proper concrete at his (the contractor s) own
"I have to beg to question, how many
other bridges has this contractor built or
was in the process of building," Deyalsingh
Nidco chairman Dr Carson Charles
assumed, according to the Sunday Guardian,
that the contractor probably waited too long
before using the concrete.
Charles explained that concrete deterio-
rates when it is not used in a timely fashion.
He added that the contractor may have
taken a risk that he ought not to have taken
because he was advised against it by the
The other three projects Deyalsingh is
concerned about are the Curepe Interchange,
the St Joseph Police Station and the Mount
Lambert Community Centre.
"The community centre is 90 per cent
completed over a year now and I don t know
what the delay is all about," he added.
Man critical after
road rage incident;
security officers held
JENSEN LA VENDE
Two security guards remain in police
custody and a man in critical condition
at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex following a shooting incident
yesterday morning arising out of what
police said was an incident of "road rage".
According to police the security officers
---ages 35 and 29---were heading west along
the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway around
4 am when they almost collided with a
car driven by Felix Rampersad, 33, of
Southern Main Road, Enterprise, Chagua-
Rampersad, police said, was angered by
the almost collision and caught up to the
vehicle driven by one of the officers at the
traffic lights at Valsayn.
There he reportedly used a cutlass to
hit the car the officers were in and drove
While Rampersad was driving off, one
of the officers pulled out his gun and fired
a single shot hitting Rampersad in the
head causing him to crash into a nearby
The two officers were arrested and are
being detained at the St Joseph Police Sta-
tion as investigation continues.
GETTING IT RIGHT
A story on Page A4 of yesterday's T&T
Guardian reported that the vessel Trinidad
Princess was involved in an incident in which
visiting New Yorker Derek Alleyne drowned
at Bon Accord Lagoon over the weekend.
The vessel's owner, Tony Roth, has since
indicated to us that the Trinidad Princess
was not involved in the incident. Our
apologies for the error.
The Curepe Interchange entered into
the spotlight when a letter of complaint
was sent by Junior Works Minister Stacy
Roopnarine to Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar via email.
Roopnarine accused her boss, Works
and Transport Minister Suruj Rambachan,
of interfering in board-level decisions with
regards to the award of that contract.
Opposition MP seeks
answers on four projects
Questions over St Joseph bridge, Curepe Interchange
The project, which falls under the
National Infrastructure Development
Company (Nidco), involves the
reconstruction of the Bridge 1/12 on the
Eastern Main Road, also known as the St
Joseph River Bridge, and is spearheaded
by the Ministry of Works' Bridges,
Landslips and Traffic Management Project
Implementation Unit. Work on the project
began on January 6, 2014.
The reconstruction is necessary since
the 75-year-old steel truss bridge was
listed as structurally deficient.
The project was expected to be
completed in 14 months.
A fire officer
attached to the
San Juan Fire
bush fire near a
FIRE ON THE HILL
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