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Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley on Tuesday night pre-
sented two documents purport-
edly from the Ministry of Trans-
port which detailed that the PP
Government had intended to
construct a billion-dollar mass
light transit rail system from City
Gate in Port-of-Spain to Arima.
But he said the project came to
a screeching halt when ILP polit-
ical leader Jack Warner parted ways
with the Government.
Addressing party supporters at
Four Roads, Diego Martin, Rowley
said the document showed the
Government had instructed
Caribbean Legal and Project Advi-
sory Ltd to prepare the request
"The main object is to provide
a mass public transportation solu-
tion on the East West Corridor to
benefit approximately 150,000
people who travel from east
Trinidad to Port-of-Spain on a
It was envisaged that the system
would be constructed approxi-
mately 4.2 metres above the Pri-
ority Bus Route, he said.
"The whole thing came to a halt
in May 2013. That was when the
Government collapsed and Jack
Warner left and the UNC splin-
tered into a lame duck Govern-
"The light rail project, which
was a major government initiative
meant to solve a problem that the
PNM initially advanced, went to
the back burner.
"This went out the window. You
became unnecessary and what was
important was the survival of the
Government and in the meantime
the transportation remained the
same. And if it cost $60 billion I
don t know that," Rowley added.
He said there was a gridlock
problem in the country which was
only getting worse.
Saying that Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar was aware
of the project, including its cost,
Rowley called on her to be truthful
to the country.
"Madam, this is your docu-
ment. Stop lying to the people.
Lying will get you no where. The
rapid rail is not a PNM vanity
project which is why you under-
took the project yourself," Rowley
On the issue of national security
he said the criminal element was
running waves in T&T, adding
that there has been no improve-
ment in the security of citizens
between 2010 to 2015.
Rowley also took Persad-Bisses-
sar to task for saying during last
Govt had plans for rapid rail---Rowley
week s leadership exchange on CNMG
television that the controversial hiring
of Reshmi Ramnarine was an "admin-
"When I raised the issue of Reshmi s
appointment, Kamla launched an
attack on me, claiming I don t like
women or I don t like Indian. Now
she is saying it is was an administrative
error," Rowley added.
Regarding the issue of housing Row-
ley said under his stewardship as hous-
ing minister several squatter commu-
nities were moved and high rise towers
in Diego Martin were built.
"But after five years of this UNC
Government they did everything else
but complete the housing units," Row-
ley said adding:
"The PNM used some of its revenue
under the last administration to build
houses. The HDC under the PNM built
over 21,000 housing units at various
stages of completion," he added.
PNM candidate for
Marlene McDonald has
shot back at the UNC s
"No Rowley campaign,"
describing it as low and
She was addressing a
large crowd of party sup-
porters at Four Roads,
Diego Martin, on Tues-
Saying the main pur-
pose of the campaign
was to try and shift the
country s attention from
the real issues and the
unsuitability of Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar to continue to
hold office McDonald
"I have never wit-
nessed this classless,
campaign being waged
by the UNC called the
No Rowley campaign."
She also took Persad-
Bissessar to task for say-
ing the PNM intended to
increase VAT if elected.
debunk this outrageous
lie," McDonald said,
adding there was also no
truth in the PNM s
intention to cut health
care and education serv-
"When was this pro-
posed madame Prime
Minister? The PNM has
the legacy of education
in the country.
"It is the PNM who
introduced universal pri-
Marlene: UNC's campaign classless
mary and secondary
education in the country.
It is the PNM who intro-
duced free early child-
hood care. Why is Kamla
trying to claim this? It is
the PNM who intro-
duced free tertiary edu-
Turning to the media
she asked why had the
media failed to carry the
"PNM s responses to the
UNC s lies?"
"All that does is leave
the UNC s fabrications
On the PNM s plans
for local government
McDonald said PNM
intended to remove the
constraints that prevent-
ed the local government
bodies from being effec-
She added: "The PNM
will introduce secure
funding. The PNM
pledges to amend the
relevant revenue and tax-
ation laws to allow local
government bodies to
collect revenue within
will be reformed. The
act will be amended to
give local corporations a
level of autonomy and
"Each corporation will
have an executive council
which will be empow-
ered to develop policy for
their corporations." GK
MP for Diego Martin North/East Colm Imbert who also
spoke called on Attorney General Garvin Nicholas to tell
the public who is funding the "truckloads of hampers"
being distributed at the UNC's Maraval's office.
Nicholas is the UNC's candidate for Diego Martin
"Where is my opponent getting the funds to give out
thousands of dollars in food hampers at the UNC office in
my constituency? Who is funding those truck loads of
hampers?" Imbert asked.
He said he also got feedback the UNC was telling
people who took the hampers to sign a document as that
would be an indication for whom they intended to vote.
"That is rubbish. Take their money and vote them out,"
ARE CRIMINALS FUNDING HAMPERS?
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