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An Aerial Cable Transportation or cable cars is
what is being suggested to relieve the gridlock
traffic that frequently occurs along the Western
peninsula---from Port-of-Spain to Chaguaramas.
The idea came from one of T&T s business mogul,
Derek Chin of Dachin Enterprises.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian, Chin said he
recently visited Asia where he had a first-hand
look as to how the cable cars there operated.
He said he strongly believed that developing the
cable car transit system would not only allow
motorists to access Chaguaramas in quick time but
also aid the boosting of the country s economy.
"The cable car transit system can be linked from
either Peakes or at MovieTowne, Invaders Bay to
the scenic Chaguaramas, creating a ride that is
environmentally friendly and quick time. It can
also go to the islands and create a real estate boom
out there," Chin said.
He suggested that people wanting to go to the
West for Carnival fetes and other functions could
avoid the much-talked-about frustrating gridlock
traffic, which sometimes lasted for over five hours,
by using the cable cars.
"There will be a park and ride for these people
and at them reaching the station in Chaguaramas
there would be shuttles taking them to the different
points down there example, O2 Park, Pier One,
etc." Chin said.
Asked about financing for such a project, Chin
disclosed that there was already a Chinese firm
lined up to finance it, in addition, to which Chin
said, "also by other ways and means."
He, however, took the opportunity to encourage
"With the public/private partnerships a lot of
investment can be attracted and this should be pri-
ority as we move on to 2016. Businessmen will be
using their own monies so by this there would not
be so much wastage and the monies would be pro-
tected and spent properly," he said.
He said this one sure way that the Government
could venture in to help turn around the declining
"This will result in stabilisation. T&T should not
be deprived of all these nice things. Give the business
people the guidance to do what needs to be done
because they are the successful business people.
Give us the chance to join together in re-building
the economy," Chin said.
Giving an example of how he was given the
opportunity to boost Guyana s economy, Chin said
he was given land by the Guyanese government at
a reduced price for his $220 million investment of
a Movie Towne in Guyana, which is currently under
"This project has already in its present stages
raised the landscape of sustainable jobs and tourism,"
Just like his proposed plan for the "Streets of
the World" at Invader s Bay, which is an extension
of Movie Towne, Chin reiterated that it will be ben-
eficial in terms of positivity towards the economy
and creating a destination for tourists.
That project (Streets of the World) has been crit-
icised by former president of the Joint Consultative
Council (JCC) Afra Raymond who claimed that it
was in breach of Central Tenders Board regulations.
Raymond said the Request for Proposals (RFP)
process used in August 2011 by the Ministry of
Planning and Sustainable Development was improp-
er and voidable since the assessment rules were
published one month after the closing date.
However, in response to the JCC s concern, former
Planning minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie had
repeatedly claimed that the legal advice
was that the ministry was in conformity
with the law.
The current Minister of Trade and
Industry, Paula Gopee-Scoon, promised
to do a detailed review and analysis.
She also promised to meet and speak
to Chin, early in the new year, in detail
about the project, which will consist of
22 acres of ultimate destination, appealing
to the entire Caribbean.
Officials of Disney and Hettema Group,
who specialise in uniquely creative designs
for theme parks, museums and cultural
attractions, have already visited T&T and
held extensive discussions with Chin on
the project. The only obstacle in the way
for Chin is the signing of the papers to
acquire ten acres of land allotted to Dachin
Enterprises so that construction can begin.
One of the main attractions will be the
Main Street, a re-creation of Frederick
Street, downtown Port-of-Spain, in the
1930s complete with a tramcar.
The streets will also reflect the rich culture
of T&T and there will be a Madame Tussaud s
Wax Museum highlighting T&T s Carnival
and its history, the history of the steelpan
Cable cars can ease gridlock in west
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