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Weeks of complaints
reached a head as angry
and frustrated residents
of Maracas, St Joseph,
took to the streets yes-
terday to express their
concern over the lack of
water supply for the past
Vehicles grounded to a
halt, resulting in miles of
gridlock traffic for hours.
Residents also set fires
to large piles of debris in
protest that they had no
water to cook, wash and
flush toilets among other
Police and fire officers
were on the scene as they
cleared the main road
leading into St Joseph.
With the general elec-
tion in full swing some
residents believed the
time to act was now.
"Is over six months
now we have no water.
We tired complain so
now we have to do some-
thing. Election here and
all we are getting is false
promises," one man
Last week Water
Ganga Singh had said it
was the harsh dry sea-
son which had resulted
in the problem.
Protesting residents of Maracas/St Joseph look on as a fire officer clears debris
during yesterday's demonstration over lack of water in the community.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Chairman of the Sangre Grande
Regional Corporation, Martin
Terry Rondon, is calling for Central
Government to demolish three
dilapidated buildings in Sangre
The buildings are the old Post
Office, corner of River Road and
the Eastern Main Road, the old fire
station on Brierley Street and the
old magistrate court on the Eastern
"They have to be broken down.
There is no possible chance for
restoration. The post office alone
had three fires. The business com-
munity needs the space," Rondon
told the media during a tour of the
three buildings yesterday.
When T&T Guardian visited the
first building, the post office, a street
dweller was sleeping inside. Rondon
said aside the buildings were a haz-
ard for the people who sleep inside
them. He said many times street
dwellers left their cigarette butts
alight in the wooden buildings. To
date, Rondon said there have been
three fires alone in the post office.
Aside for the fire hazard, Rondon
said the buildings could be danger-
ous if an earthquake or hurricane
were to occur. He said the debris
along could injure someone.
Rondon said eight years ago there
was a discussion with members of
the National Trust to have the
buildings restored. Most of the
buildings are approximately 100
years old. However, he said, since
then there has been little to no dis-
cussions regarding the matter the
buildings became so dilapidated
they could no longer be repaired.
"They cannot be restored. The
candle will cost more than the
funeral. There is no way they could
pay so much to do a restoration.
These buildings need to come
down," Rondon said.
He said it would make more sense
for the buildings to be destroyed
and have car parks or new buildings
put in place to improve the area.
Mark St Clair who was removed for illegally occupying the old post office in
Sangre Grande yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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Sangre Grande Corporation pleads:
Demolish 3 old buildings
Professor Winston Suite, chairman of
the National Trust, said while the fire
station could be demolished, he does
not think that the post office or the
court house should be destroyed.
"It is unfortunate that a lot of these
buildings that represent unique
architectural structures have been
abandoned or condemned. The court
house... that building goes back to 1911.
It is a whole complex. There is so much
history there," he added.
Suite said that the post office
occupied such a small space it did not
have enough room to be made into a
car park. He suggested if the buildings
were to be restored, then the Sangre
Grande Regional Corporation could turn
the area into a museum.
"We should not demolish those
buildings. Buildings pose no threats to
people, people are threats to buildings.
Why don't they use the post office as a
museum? Sangre Grande is a historic
town and a museum would be ideal
there. It is a historical architectural
structure," he added.
Suite said while the National Trust
may not have all the funds to restore
the historical buildings, it was seeking
the assistance of the private sector to
assist with funding.
MAKE OLD POST OFFICE A MUSEUM
Maracas/St Joseph residents in...
Fiery protest over
lack of water
A statement by Doodnath
Bhola, director customer care of
WASA, said the pipe-borne water
supply continued to be negatively
impacted by significantly reduced
river flows and production from
the two water treatment facilities
in the area.
"This as a consequence of a lack
of rainfall over the past five
months, which still persists
though we are officially into the
rainy season as declared by the
Met Services on May 28.
"The facilities in question are
the Lluengo/Naranjo and Acono
Water Treatment Plants, which
combine to produce 1.5 million
gallons a day (mgd) under normal
conditions. However, production is
currently .75 mgd or half of the
normal production capacity."
Immediate steps included the
implementation of temporarily
adjusted schedules by the end of
April, increased water-trucking
service to the area, installation of
communal tanks in various areas
not readily accessible by water
LACK OF RAIN AFFECTING SUPPLY
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