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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Outgoing Penal/Debe Regional Corporation chair-
man Premchan Sookhoo has unveiled new plans
to construct a senior citizens home in Penal.
During Monday s statutory meeting, Sookhoo, who
remains in office until the next local government
election, signed a memorandum of understanding
with chairman of the Sou Sou Lands Cooperative
Society (SSLCS), Lennox Sankersingh, for the transfer
of two acres of land to the PDRC to construct the
facility at Sunrees Road, Penal.
The home will be built in Prime Minster Kamla
Persad-Bissessar s constituency of Siparia, where
several other multi-million dollar infrastructural
developments are also to be completed.
SSLCS, formed by former Minister of Housing and
Settlements John Humphrey, is a non-governmental
organisation that provides affordable land for low
income citizens. The land, which was purchased from
Texaco in 1985, was given to the PDRC free of charge.
Sookhoo said Persad-Bissessar was unaware of the
project although it is expected to be constructed with
funding from the PDRC, Local Government Ministry
and Ministry of the People and Social Development.
Sookhoo said: "Negotiation and dialogue started
one year ago with Sou Sou Lands Limited. We had
a meeting with Mr Lennox Sankersingh, also Dr Allan
Sammy, and we are privileged and fortunate to get
a gift to have a place to construct a home for the
He added: "I believe this is a signature project in
the region of Penal/Debe and this today is in the
heart of the Siparia Constituency.
"The Prime Minister is not aware of this at this
point in time and I am positive that she will be fully
well satisfied to ensure that a structure of that nature,
that we will be able to at least take care of approx-
imately 200 senior citizens, is completed."
However, in an interview with the T&T Guardian,
Sankersingh said the PM knew about the proposed
Outgoing corporation boss unveils new project
development, as the site was previously
being looked at for the construction of the
Sankersingh said: "The Prime Minister
is very aware of this development. In fact,
approaches were made initially for the pos-
sibility of establishing a hospital there but
it was not the best site to be able to build
something so massive as a hospital."
He added: "We have over 300 acres of
land extra and available. These 300 acres
we want to make available for community
efforts, for instance homes for the aged.
"We want to link up with all 14 regional
corporations in the country to see if we can
make land available to all of them for pur-
poses similar to this."
The idea for the home was conceptualised
by councillor for Quinam/Mon Diablo
Hyacinth Rampersadsingh, who said there
were no facilities for the elderly in the Penal
Rampersadsingh said as local government
election nears, she believed it would be good
for people to see the works of the PDRC.
"Whether I am there or not I will like to
see that this becomes a success because it
is a necessity. As we get into local govern-
ment and it s about to get on stream in the
next two months, I think it will be good
that the people will be aware of what the
corporation is all about.
"Seeing we have a man like Mr Raymond
Seepaul here, a vibrant man, our Local Gov-
ernment Minister and our Prime Minister
is also the MP, and with all the other min-
istries pooled together, I don t see why we
can t pull it off in two years."
The next general election is due in 2015.
Managing director of the Bank of Baroda T&T
Ltd, Yesh Pal Chhabra, fifth from right, along
with staff of the Port-of-Spain branch and the
chief manager Bharat Patel, fourth from right,
chief manager Ranjit Kumar Jha, sixth from
right, and the president of the San Juan
Business Association, Abrahim Ail, cut a cake
celebrating its 106th International Foundation
Day (July 20) on Saturday. The Bank of Baroda
has been operating in Trinidad since 2007 and
recently celebrated a loan campaign in which
125 loan applications were sanctioned to the
tune of $27 million.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Senior citizens home for Penal
• The new Penal Hospital to be designed at a cost
of $2.2 million by Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin
Constructors Inc, despite the fact that it received
a ten-year ban from the World Bank.
• A world-class regional sporting complex
spanning 15 acres at Clarke Road, Penal
• The $50 million Siparia market.
• A $25 million, three-storey, state of the art
library in Siparia.
• A $50 million upgrade of Irvin Park to include a
cycling track, world class football field and parking
for 300 vehicles
• A $10 million Daisy Voisin Hub, which will
consist of six vending booths, a private car park
and space for cultural events.
CELEBRATING BANK'S MILESTONE
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