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MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND THE ECONOMY
Inland Revenue Division
CLOSURE OF CASHIERS' UNITS ON
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
The Board of Inland Revenue wishes to advise the public of the unusual closure of the
Cashiers' Units at the following offices on September 30, 2013:
Workmen have removed a truck and excavator
which plunged off a precipice along the North Coast
Road, at a cost of $25,000.
The figure pales in comparison to a bill of $6.5
million spent by the Government to remove a fire
truck which skidded off the Blanchisseuse Main Road,
But in addition to the removal costs, the owner
of the machinery faces a $1.5 million charge for restor-
ing the area which was damaged in the removal of
On September 11, Ameer Razack, 29, of Cunupia,
was killed when the truck, carrying the excavator on
a trailer, slipped off the road approximately 300
metres before the pillars in Maraval.
The truck stopped about 100 metres down the
In a phone interview on Wednesday, owner of the
excavator Harrilal Seegobin said the removal of the
truck and the excavator cost approximately $25,000.
"We tried to protect the rough soil and right now
we have everything in order to prevent ero-
sion. We hoping we have everything in place
with how the engineer asked us to do it,"
Seegobin said a safety backup excavator
was brought which cost an estimated $5,000
a trip. Two trips were made to remove the
truck and excavator.
Meanwhile, officials at the Ministry of
Works said they were preparing a legal doc-
ument for the damage they say the con-
tractor, Harrindra s Ltd Civil and Electrical
Engineering Contractors, did to the slope
during the removal of the truck and exca-
Roger Ganesh, director of highways at
the Ministry of Works, said there was dam-
age to the vegetation and slope.
"They destabilised the slope when the
owner removed it. We will be sending a
legal letter for the flora and vegetation and
for the damage to the vegetation which
maintains the integrity of the slope," he
Ganesh said in the past general infra-
structure has been destroyed by drivers who
knock down traffic signs and traffic lights.
"We have to seek compensation. We have
to make a stand, because it is millions we
are losing every year. We have to be com-
pensated," he said.
Ganesh said the problem would create
gullies and cause problems.
Capsized truck removed
With several mega projects suffering cost overruns
because of shoddy work, Works and Infrastructure
Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan says the Gov-
ernment intends to get tough with contractors.
"Contractors are finding that to be the new propo-
sition and I cannot apologise for that. I am in charge
of public funds and the public expects me to give
them the best value for money," Rambachan said,
while assessing infrastructural work in Princes Town
The minister, along with director of Programme
for Upgrading Road Efficiency (PURE) Hayden Phillips,
visited St Croix Road and St Julien s Village, where
he said residents had not seen repair works for more
than a decade as a result of neglect by the former
"I spent some time looking in great detail at the
quality of the work on the roadway... The contractors
have not been paid all their money on all of these
roadways and in fact they have a certain guarantee
period," Rambachan said.
"In some cases, I have been told by Mr Hayden
Phillips, it is up to three years, in some cases one
year. If anything happens during that period the con-
tractor is liable to come back and fix the road.
"We are taking a much more serious approach to
the quality of works and the guarantee that the con-
tractors must fulfill.
"In addition to that, we qualify our contractors,
we do a lot of testing of the materials; the contractors
have to submit a mix for testing before they pave
but when they are also paving, every 400 metres we
take samples and these are then sent to the lab.
"If those samples go to the lab and we find them
at variance with what was the original mix they sub-
mitted, then the whole job will be condemned and
they will have to come and redo it.
"Yes, I am being tough on contractors. Contractors
bid for jobs and they make a profit, I am very happy
they can make a profit but the longevity of the project
also has to be assured."
Contractor faces $1.5m bill
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