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Construction work resumed yes-
terday at the base of the San Fernando
Hill after Stackhouse Ltd owner Tru-
man Lochan Dass got the green light
to continue building his three-storey
commercial building at Circular Road.
Yesterday, deputy San Fernando
mayor Junia Regrello, who toured the
construction site, said Dass received
permission from the Ministry of Energy
to continue construction of his building.
He said Dass also provided his survey
and construction plan to the San Fer-
nando City Corporation with the rel-
"We met Mr Dass and he was asked
to submit his survey plans. It was sub-
mitted to Town and Country planning
so we could look at it and ensure that
no rules were broken and he followed
the guidelines and did not encroach on
our heritage site (San Fernando Hill).
All that seem to be in order," Regrello
as he spoke with reporters at the site.
In April, work was halted at the site
after concerns were raised that the con-
struction was encroaching on the pro-
tected landmark-San Fernando Hill.
Ministry of Energy officials, accompa-
nied by armed police officers, visited
the site at Circular Road/Pointe-a-
Pierre Road to assess the work being
done and determine whether the owners
were acting within the law.
The issue was also raised in Parlia-
ment by San Fernando West MP Car-
olyn Seepersad-Bachan after con-
The corporation also raised the issue
in City Council to determine where a
stop order could have been issued, how-
ever, the City Engineer was out of the
country and it could not have been
done in his absence.
Dass had agreed to halt construction
until the matter was sorted out.
Yesterday the businessman resumed
construction of his building. He com-
plained that he had lost a month of
work and now would be further delayed
because of the onset of the rainy season.
Dass said he was planning to have the
supermarket open by August, however,
now he was uncertain of the completion
He assured that he was working
within his boundary and within
"We are working with the Mayor
very closely, with their support and
we are working with the guidelines.
We have been complying with
them all along and we notify all of
the relevant authorities and we
started back today (yesterday), he
Yesterday trucks off-loaded
aggregate, which had been stock-
piled in Marabella, for the con-
struction of the foundation of
Dass s mega-supermarket at the
site, along Circular Road, San Fer-
With yesterday s heavy rains
both Circular Road and the adja-
cent Pointe-a-Pierre Road were
caked with mud, which motorists
complained about. Dass assured
he would clean the road. Water
trucks were later seen washing the
mud from the road.
Regrello assured that the Cor-
poration as well as the Ministry
would be monitoring the construc-
tion of the building to ensure there
is no encroaching on the heritage
"We know have a map of the
plan and we know the area that
they have surveyed and we know
the area where they have to work.
We will have monitoring checks
to ensure they will not go beyond
that. It just for him to continue
his work under the stipulation as
instructed by the Ministry of Ener-
gy (which has) responsibly for this
project," the deputy Mayor added.
Regrello said the Corporation
had addressed the issue of Dass
stockpiling material in the heart of
Marabella and he said the busi-
nessman assured the aggregate
would be moved this week.
He said no penalties could be
imposed on the businessman for
breaching the agreement by stock-
piling in Marabella when he was
supposed to stockpile in
Regrello said the Corporation s
main concern is the San Fernando
Hill and the health of the citizens
of the southern city.
"We are here to enure that the
site is not threatened and there is
no removal of aggregate from
there," he added.
Regrello commended the media
for highlighting the issue.
He said Dass had agreed to work
on weekends and at nights to help
relieve the traffic congestion the
construction will cause at Circu-
Supermarket boss gets green light...
at base of
Deputy Mayor of San Fernando Junia Regrello, right, speaks with the owner of Stackhouse Ltd, Truman
Lochan Dass at the construction site of his multi-storey commercial building at the base of the San Fernando
Hill, Circular Road, San Fernando yesterday. PHOTO RISHI RAGOONATH
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