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Days into his new portfolio as
Works and Infrastructure Minister,
Surujrattan Rambachan s con-
stituents at Caratal Road, Gaspar-
illo, are crying out to him to use
his new office to get their roads
and drains fixed.
Neglected for decades, residents,
who had also appealed to Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
for help, now believe they are being
used as pawns by politicians.
Poor infrastructure, which has
resulted in their homes cracking up
and collapsing, is the major prob-
lem, resident Clifton Hosein-Jobe
told the T&T Guardian.
Other issues, he said, included
a sporadic water supply, no com-
munity centre or pavilion and an
unkept playing field with no lights
for evening recreational activities.
Hosein-Jobe said their living
conditions had become unbearable,
noting over 400 residents were
affected by the adverse conditions.
"Mr Rambachan, right now we
know you are in a better position
as Works and Infrastructure Min-
ister. Prime Minister, if you are
hearing this message, please, our
cry is that we have a lot of houses
that are being affected in this area,"
Hosein-Job told the T&T Guardian
"We need some box drains, we
need a better supply of water,
because in this area everybody have
toilets, we have to tote pond water
to flush our toilets and we need our
He said residents also have no
choice but to use pond water to
Hosein-Jobe said Rambachan,
MP for Tabaquite, had relocated
ten people but that was not enough.
The dilapidated community
centre, which has been out of com-
mission for over a year, also posed
a danger, he said, since the com-
munity s early childhood centre was
directly behind it and there was no
fence separating the two buildings.
Another resident, Virgil Hamil-
ton, 44, called for the playing field
to be upgraded with a pavilion and
lights, as they have regular cricket
and football matches there.
Taxis also hardly work in the
area because of the bad roads, said
Hamilton, who complained that
residents vehicles were also being
"All we want is the minister to
show us some sort of concern. Is
like we off the map," said resident
Gratien Stephen. "We are just ask-
ing that this not be a political thing.
"We are people just like every-
body else, hear the people cry and
assist the people."
He appealed to Rambachan to
treat with their issues urgently,
because residents were fed up with
Rambachan was given the new
ministerial portfolio when former
Works Minister Emmanuel George
was appointed National Security
Minister after Jack Warner resigned
two Sundays ago.
Rambachan could not be reached
for comment yesterday. Calls to his
cell phone went unanswered and
he did not return the calls.
Protest over poor amenities in Gasparillo...
Suruj for help
Caratal community group member Clifton Hosein Jobe shows the inside of the
dilapidated Caratal community centre. At right, villagers stand outside the
centre.. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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