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Head offices for the Diego Martin and Penal
Regional Corporation are also to be built and
completed by next year as the green light has
been given by Cabinet to approve tenders.
Roqwley said while the previous government
had taken steps to award a contract to build
the Penal Regional Corporation, the process
had to be scrapped as it carried a $130 million
price tag which je deemed ridiculous.
"We are going back now to tender for both
headquarters. I am absolutely sure that those
buildings can be built for less that the $130
million," he said.
Dr Rowley said T&T's debt increased by $40
billion over the last six years, while revenues
pointed downward. The external public debt now
stands at $23 billion which must be paid back in
US currency, he added
However a critical area like housing will not be
neglected, the Prime Minister assured.
Incomplete housing projects, including Fort View,
St James, will be completed and will benefit
some 200 families.
He said the much sought after Victoria Keys
apartments in Diego Martin, for which lands
were last week transferred from the Port-of-
Spain City Corporation to the Housing
Development Corporation (HDC), will be sold at
"I would be very surprised if very many of you
here will be able to access those units. This is a
very sad story because that site was actually
created by cutting to fill, taking it to
MovieTowne to create reclaimed land and what
was left after was the footprint on which those
three or four buildings were built," Rowley said.
He said in 2007 the units were almost
completed but when the government changed
the PP administration spent about $300 million
upscaling the apartments.
"The cheapest unit is $1.6 million and it ranges
from that to $2.5 million to $3 million to $4.5
million. Obviously the HDC cannot make those
units available to persons of meagre means,
even heavily subsidised," he said.
Rowley said there was one particular one
bedroom unit worth millions due to its
furnishings. He said money from the sale of the
units will go to the HDC to build lower income
Commenting on the devastation suffered by
Haiti from Hurricane Matthew, Rowley also
urged citizens to head to banks to donate.
"It doesn't matter how bad your
circumstances, there is somebody who is worse.
We talk about pressure and poverty here until
you think about Haiti," he said.
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A 78-year-old woman, who was defraud-
ed of 25 acres of land in 2011, has won back
title to the property.
Joan Lowhar, a pensioner from West Drive,
Champ Fleurs, discovered she had been
fleeced of the parcel of land at La Conoa
Road, Maracas/St Joseph when she and her
children attempted to sell it last year.
The prospective buyer did a search of the
property registry and found that Lowhar was
no longer the registered owner and that it
had been sold to Shamatie Kandaharsingh-
De Leon in 2011.
Lowhar sued Kandaharsingh-De Leon as
she denied ever entering into a sale with her
and alleged that her signature had been forged
on the sale documents which were prepared
by attorney Wesley Debideen, before he was
murdered at Grand Bazaar in August 2013.
While the land had been officially trans-
fered, no one had taken possession of it and
Lowhar and her family continued to use it
for agricultural purposes, up to the time they
decided to sell and discovered the fraud.
High Court Judge James Aboud granted
Lowhar a default judgment after a bailiff
appointed by the court failed to locate Kan-
daharsingh-De Leon at the address in
D'Abadie which she listed on the forged deed,
as it did not exist.
Advertisements were placed in a daily
newspapers over a two week period. However,
Kandaharsingh-De Leon never came forward.
As part of his decision to allow Lowhar's
lawsuit in Kandaharsingh-De Leon's absence,
Aboud ordered that the deed to be set aside
or struck out and that the Registrar General
expunge or set aside the said deed from its
Even as he declared that T&T is on the
brink of the danger zone economically,
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday
sought to assure the nation that "these
are not hopeless times."
He then proceeded to list out a series of
construction projects, mainly in west
Trinidad, due to come on stream shortly
which are aimed at kick starting the econ-
omy. They include construction of a state-
of-the-art police station in Carenage, part
of a revamping of the Marine Interdiction
Branch to combat the narco trade. as well
as a first class hospital in Sangre Grande.
Rowley said the proposed initiatives would
help pull T&T out of its grim economic
state, resulting in much needed job oppor-
tunities. He said it was the construction
industry which had been proven worldwide
to stimulate economic growth
In his address at the PNM's 45th con-
stituency conference at St Anthony's College
in west Trinidad yesterday, Rowley recalled
when police officers walked out of the Care-
nage Police Station some years ago. He said
since that time, the officers had been occu-
pying rented premises at School Street.
"I can tell you that Cabinet is about to
receive a document where a site has
been settled upon by the police and
the Ministry of Planning and Devel-
opment and very soon work will begin
on a new police station in Carenage,"
"It will not be an ordinary police
station because representation has been
made to the ministry responsible,
through the police, that the time has
come given what we are fighting with
respect to this intractable crime prob-
lem for the Government to expand
policing to our inner shores and we
intend to bring back the Marine Police
Rowley said because the unit will be
based at the new Carenage Police Sta-
tion there will also be the construction
of a water front access.
"That police station would probably
be the only one with a marine base on
its compound," he said.
On the issue healthcare, he criticised
the previous administration for building
a Children's Hospital in Couva when
there was already a hospital some 20
minutes away at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, in Mt Hope.
"In the budget are continuation of
the abandoned programmes of Diego
Martin and its environs," he said,
adding that work had resumed on the
Diego Martin Sports Complex which
had been abandoned for five years.
"The contractor is now back on site
and very soon you would see the struc-
ture rising into the air," the PM said.
Work is also expected to resume on
the Bagatelle Community Centre,
which Rowley said had been "aban-
doned in a similar fashion."
Construction is taking place on the
Four Roads Community Centre, which
is expected to be completed soon. The
Diego Martin Health Centre, which
serves the entire Diego Martin valley,
is also carded for completion by next
Prime Minister Rowley also
announced plans for a spanking new
Carenage Fishing Complex. He said the
facility had also been neglected by the
former Kamla Persad-Bissessar gov-
"A contractor has been put on site
to keep the site clean and to remove
a number of vagrants who occupy the
site as their home," he said
"Those persons have been removed
and the contractor is finalising his
Pensioner awarded title to land
T&T on brink of economic danger
PM: These are not hopeless times
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