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Saturday, January 6, 2018
RADHICA DE SILVA
Frustrated with the high cost of ve-
hicular repairs, residents of Grants
Road, Rousillac, staged a iery protest
early yesterday calling on Works Min-
ister Rohan Sinanan to ix their roads.
From around 3 am, the residents
blocked Grants Road in three places
as well as part of the Mon Desir High-
way, which connects Rousillac to Oro-
Resident Dave Ramoutar said the
road has become impassable and
no attempts were being made to re-
pair it. Ramoutar said Grants Road
connects to the Solomon Hochoy
Highway extension and hundreds of
people use it on a daily basis to get
access to the south west peninsula.
Another resident said the constant
flow of traf ic from the highway to the
Southern Main Road had exacerbated
the worsening road conditions.
"A pedestrian can no longer walk
the road comfortably," she said.
She added that during the last pro-
test they were treated with contempt
by the Government.
"We were told that we could pro-
test all we want it will make no differ-
ence. We think we deserve better and
we are calling on the minister to ix
the roads now," the resident added.
Chairman of the Siparia Re-
gional Corporation Dr Glenn Ram-
adharsingh said some patchwork
was done on the road but this was
not enough. Saying over 500 resi-
dents were directly affected, Rama-
dharsingh called on the Government
to ix the roads as soon as possible.
The residents have promised to
continue the protests if the Govern-
ment fails to act.
Maxi concessionaires not
happy with part payment
Members of the Maxi Taxi Con-
cessionaires of T&T said yester-
day they were happy to receive
an outstanding payment of
their salaries but the Ministry
of Education is still owing them
The concessionaires received
a payment on Thursday after
protesting the non-payment of
salaries in November and De-
cember last year.
Before Christmas, the drivers
stepped up their protest outside
the Ministry of Education on St
Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.
Education Minister Anthony
Garcia met the drivers and
promised them that every ef-
fort was being made to pay
them as soon as possible.
A media release from the
Ministry of Education said yes-
terday that Garcia stayed true
to that promise and ensured
that his ministry secured the
necessary inancial releases
from the relevant ministry so
that the approximately 300
concessionaires could receive
their payments before school
reopens on Monday.
"On Thursday, the Ministry
of Education handed over a
cheque to the Public Transport
Service Corporation (PTSC) to
facilitate these payments. The
PTSC is the organisation which
contracts these concession-
aires who transport children
to and from school on a daily
basis, the release quoted Gar-
cia as saying yesterday.
Garcia also said the maxi
taxi operators provide a crit-
ical service and expressed
his gratitude for the patience
exercised, considering the
prevailing stringent economic
But president of the Associa-
tion Maxi Concessionaires Rod-
ney Ramlogan said the ministry
released one month's payment
which is for the month of Oc-
Ramlogan said he was happy
with the payment but disap-
pointed with the payment pat-
"Christmas and New Years
we went without money. We
eat humble pie and while the
minister and the management
of PTSC were happy we had to
suffer and keep quiet," he said.
Ramlogan said the ministry
claimed that September's pay-
ment will be made to the driv-
ers next week.
"And the only way to con irm
this is if you see your money
in the bank. They doing this
to buss up they gums to look
good," Ramlogan said.
He said Garcia was using this
payment to "mask the ministry
"This is the second time they
did this. They owing seven
weeks payment. Every two
weeks we are supposed to be
paid. How we are going and get
paid for this term if we still in
arrears. The minister not talk-
ing about that," he said.
Ramlogan said he has been
asking the PTSC and the minis-
try for a memorandum on the
payment of the salaries.
Debris used by Rousillac resident to block the road during a protest to highlight the state of the
roads in the area.
No bail for Spanish
woman held with
A Venezuelan woman engaged to marry
a Siparia resident was denied bail yester-
day on a charge of possession of a tam-
Miryuris Sanchez, 28, a make-up ar-
tiste, insisted she was innocent when she
appeared before San Fernando magis-
trate Cherril-Anne Antoine.
Through Spanish interpreter Rachael
Gosein, the magistrate explained to
Sanchez that even if she did not tamper
with the passport, just having a passport
which was tampered with in her posses-
sion would make her guilty.
Sanchez, however, maintained her not
The charge alleged that on December
14, at the Immigration Investigative Of ice
at Knox Street, San Fernando, she had
in her possession a Bolivian Republic of
Venezuela passport in her name that had
been tampered with. She was charged by
Police Constable Chateram Singh.
Sanchez, a mother of two, said she has
been staying with her boyfriend and his
parents in Siparia.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan con irmed
Sanchez entered the country legally last
September, but was only supposed to
stay here for a month. He said a inger-
print trace found no criminal record in
The magistrate refused bail because
she was a foreign national. Sanchez was
remanded into custody to reappear in
court on February 2. See Page A 10
The Ministry of Works is awaiting a report
from Dr Deryck Gay, a lecturer at the fac-
ulty of engineering of the University of
the West Indies, on how recurring land
slides on the North Coast road can be
Gay spent some time on the North
Coast road on Wednesday after he was
asked by the ministry to advise on how
best to permanently treat with the land
Landslips in the area in late December
and into the start of 2018 caused the clo-
sure of the roadway and crews from the
Ministry of Works worked feverishly to
clear the roadway, hampered at times by
Acting Minister of Works and Trans-
port Kazim Hosein told the T&T Guard-
ian he was awaiting a report from Gay on
what can be done to stabilise the area.
The land slippage has been blamed on
soil erosion and instability on the slopes.
Ministry of icials said there are a number
of options to ix the problem including
benching and the use of technolo y.
But they say based on the root cause
and failure Gay will make recommenda-
tions on what is the most feasible solu-
tion. Those recommendations will be
acted upon to bring a more permanent
solution to the problem.
In the meantime the T&T Guardian was
told the North Coast Road has been stabi-
lised and has been reopened.
after land slides
protest bad roads
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