Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 12th 2014 Contents vidual company and the
proposal submitted. The
investment would be dif-
ferent in each area."
AATT s acting general
manager Hayden New-
ton applauded the ini-
tiative which he said was
significant in transform-
ing the airport and the
surrounding land space.
Revealing the initiative
had formed part of the
2006 strategic land use
policy document, New-
ton said the plan had
been embraced by the
employees, board and
who said the time had
come for the prime real
estate surrounding the
airport to be developed.
It is believed this
development would lead
to increased job oppor-
tunities, as well as boost
the country s Gross
Baah said the project
which is being done on
a phased basis, would
bring something new
and exciting to T&T, and
he envisaged that the
first set of leases should
be signed by early next
year, with construction
beginning shortly after.
Asked about the esti-
mated cost of the devel-
opment, Baah said the
land would be offered on
a leased basis and as
such, "the level of
investment will depend
on the plans by the indi-
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South West Regional Health Authority CEO, Anil
Gosine, says faulty electrical fixtures may have led
to last Saturday s minor fire at the Couva Extended
Care Centre (ECC) which prompted the evacuation
of 42 patients.
Gosine, who spoke in an interview at the authority s
first Community Enrolled Nursing Assistants (ENA)
conference at the San Fernando Hill Conference Cen-
tre, San Fernando, yesterday said the fire caused an
estimated $275,000 in damage.
He said clean-up work had begun at the facility
at Grant Street, Couva.
However, Gosine said the authority had decided
not just to repair the ECC, but to upgrade the building.
"Apart from just fixing that area we are going to
upgrade the facility at this point in time. Because we
have all 42 patients at San Fernando General Hospital
we will keep them there until we upgrade the facility
and in seven weeks time we should be completed
with the upgrade," Gosine said. The upgrade is esti-
mated at $850,000.
The SWRHA, in a statement said the fire began
around 3.30 am last Saturday. It started on the eastern
side of the ECC which housed the female ward and
Gosine admitted that it would take some time to
determine the exact cause of the fire.
However, he said, preliminary reports suggested
that one of the light fixtures in the area "may have
heated up and caused the fire."
He said before patients and staff returned to the
facility the entire electrical system in the building
will be replaced.
"We are going, within six to seven weeks, to have
it refurbished properly and get all our certificates
including fire certificates, health and safety before
patients go back there," Gosine said.
The 42 patients, he said, were being housed com-
fortably at the San Fernando General Hospital. "They
are in beds, they are being given meals. They are
fine," he said.
He said the patients were elderly people who were
not very ill, but they did require extended care.
Gosine assured that they were not causing addi-
tional strain on the already overburdened hospital.
"Our biggest problem at the San Fernando General
Hospital is shortages of nursing staff. The nursing
staff you would need for taking care of these patients
actually came with the patients because all the staff
came down to San Fernando so they have not really
impacted on San Fernando General," Gosine said.
ECC boss: Faulty
fixtures caused fire
Local and foreign
investors will soon be
invited to bid for land
leases around the Piarco
International Airport as
the Government forges
ahead to develop an
aerotropolis, in an effort
to increase non-aero-
The project, which
started in 2011, is intend-
ed to be a public/private
seen the Airports
Authority of T&T
(AATT) invest $90 mil-
lion to ensure the nec-
essary infrastructure is
in place to attract both
local and foreign
prior to a site visit on
Thursday, AATT s mar-
Emmanuel Baah revealed
the request for proposals
would be advertised by
the end of this month.
The Piarco Aeropark
was officially launched
on June 30 by Transport
Minister Stephen Cadiz,
for land around Piarco
Marketing manager of the Airports Authority, Emmanuel Baah, responds to questions from the media during a tour and site visit of the
Piarco Aeropark, Piarco, on Thursday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
The completed work includes new access roads,
drainage and lights throughout the area to be
developed in the first phase.
With long-term plans to develop the 1,760
acres of land around the airport, only 167 acres
will be developed in the first phase.
The area which is located north of the airport is
bordered on the west by BWIA Boulevard, north
by the Oropuna River and on the south by the
access road leading to the airport.
The aeropark will feature a hotel and
conference centre, retail shopping, restaurants,
entertainment, offices, manufacturing and cargo
allocations, as well as an aircraft maintenance
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