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The IDB document on the "Flood Alleviation
and Drainage Project" said that component "will
finance all the civil and landscaping works for the
implementation of the 1.8 km linear park to be
located at St Ann s River."
The IDB said: "The river discharge is one of
the most problematic areas in Port-of-Spain in
terms of flooding.
"This area needs to have an integral solution
which will contemplate the redesign of the civil
works at the discharge area, including road bridges,
diversion chambers, river bed works, etc.
"Therefore, it will be necessary to adapt the
linear park to the final layout of these works in
order to give desired functionality of the park."
Singh said Cabinet also agreed to set up an
inter-ministerial steering committee to provide
guidance on carrying out the programme.
He said work already was proceeding, in col-
laboration with the Port-of-Spain mayor Louis
Lee Sing, to put basic infrastructure on city streets
to ensure garbage was not thrown into the drains.
There was need for a culture change, he added,
because the city corporation workers "sweep the
streets, the streets are clean but the drains are
filled with garbage."
The minister said when attempts were made
to have the resources of state-owned WASA used
to clear the garbage in city drains, they were met
with some challenges from city corporation work-
ers.But the matter was amicably resolved through
discussions with the city engineer, he said.
Dealing with the flooding, Singh said it was a
perfect example of climate change. "This is where
you have a rain deluge with high intensity in areas
where you cannot predict (it would fall)," Singh
He said the flooding also was caused by "devel-
opments which have stressed our existing drainage
Sea level rise and inadequate drainage infra-
structure also contributed to the flooding, he
Singh said he and officials of his ministry visited
the areas which were severely affected and after
initial investigation it was found that the El Socorro
drain did not have the capacity to carry the water
under the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway.
He said it was discovered "a developer
unscrupulously placed four-feet-diameter culverts
in the main drain midway towards the outfall in
the Caroni River in order to access his own prop-
Singh said cleaning of the drains was expected
to begin yesterday and a drain under a furniture
and appliances store in San Juan would be exam-
ined to reduce flooding in the future.
Further investigations were to be carried out
to determine what caused the flooding at Mt Hope
near the two public hospitals, he said.
Noting that St Joseph and St Augustine were
"hardest hit, he said the drainage could not accom-
modate the level of development in those com-
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Watersoaked boxes remain on the lawn outside the pan theatre at UWI's Creative Arts Centre, Gordon Street, St Augustine,
yesterday after Wednesday's flooding. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Govt to set up
Former T&T and West Indies
batsman Suruj Ragoonath
believes the controversial Brian
Lara Stadium should be given
to the T&T Cricket Board
Ragoonath, CEO of the TTCB,
made the statement in light of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal s proposal to hand over
the stadium in Tarouba to the
Secondary School Cricket
He said yesterday: "It was a
little bit of a surprise. I thought
the minister would have includ-
ed certain groups in the deci-
"I think if the facility has to be
handed over it should be to the
T&T Cricket Board under which
secondary schools cricket falls so
they will still have access to it."
For years the TTCB had been
hoping that the stadium, which
is six years late in completion,
will become the new home of
cricket. The Government hopes
to complete it by 2015.
With $1.1 billion already spent
and $185 million still needed for
completion, Ragoonath said giv-
ing the stadium to the SSCL
meant its usage would not be
He added: "It is difficult to
see how they will be able to fully
utilise the facilities as compared
to what the TTCB can do.
"We would have prefered that
something like that be given to
the cricket board.
"This facility would have been
ideal because a lot of work has
to be done where development
is concerned and facilities for
cricket in T&T."
The TTCB operates out of the
National Cricket Centre, Bal-
main, Couva, which Ragoonath
said had become inadequate for
the development of the sport.
Last year, West Indies bats-
man Darren Bravo tweeted pic-
tures of damaged fixtures at the
Ragoonath said cricket had
outgrown the Balmain facilities
and called for a meeting between
Government and the board to
discuss the proper use of the
SSCL happy for BL Stadium
President of the Secondary
Schools Cricket League (SSCL)
Sookhoo Sonilal said the Brian
Lara Stadium would provide a
home for the homeless cricket
He said: "Secondary school
cricket really does not have a
home of its own so I don t see
a problem. That will be a plus
"We will have a home of our
own that we could use because
we play a lot of cricket. We have
a premiership, championship
and we also have zonal crick-
et."The SSCL uses the NCC
when it is vacant but with
Moonilal s proposal to grant the
SSCL full access to the stadium,
Sonilal said it would aid the
development of local cricket.
"It will be good because we
will be playing on a full-size
pitch. Normally the only time
we get to play on a full-size pitch
is when we are at the cricket
centre or at Queen s Park Oval,"
He said the stadium was sim-
ilar to the Providence Stadium,
Guyana, as it had the same lay-
out and would provide office
space to efficiently carry out the
league s business, once adequate
funding and support were given.
Cricket board wants
Brian Lara Stadium
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