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San Fernando fishermen are threat-
ening to halt work on the San Fer-
nando Waterfront development proj-
ect if their fishing facility is not built
first and squatters are not treated fair-
ly.San Fernando Fishing Co-operative
society chairman Salim Gool made the
promise as he addressed the public
presentation of the draft integrated fea-
sibility study at the San Fernando City
Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, which
was chaired by Planning and Sustain-
able Development Minister Dr Bhoen-
Gool said while his organisation does
not want to go the route of writing the
United Nations and taking protest
action, it is fully prepared to do so if
the fishermen and squatters on the San
Fernando Wharf are not well taken care
off before the project commences.
"The plan is good for King s Wharf,
but we have two agreements to make.
The people who dwell in the area, the
squatters, residents, must be well taken
care of and relocated fairly," Gool said.
"We are not compromising in any-
way with your plans. Second, the fishing
community must be taken care of first.
The fishing facility must be built on
the wharf first."
He said any attempt to do otherwise
will not be accepted by fishermen.
Gool said if the fishermen see that
the facility is being built, as well as the
jetty and fish landing, they will move
out of the way.
However, he noted that if they do
not see anything being done for them
they will not move.
"Give us our facility, give us what
we need and we will compromise with
you," Gool said.
At the end of the presentation and
consultation, Tewarie said the project
consulting team, Deloitte Caribbean &
Bermuda Ltd, had said it could move
up construction of the fishing facility
when the project begins.
Tewarie told reporters that no budget
or timeframe could be given at this
point for the waterfront project.
However, he said he has asked Marie
Hinds, deputy director Town and
Country Planning and the lead person
on the San Fernando Project, to work
with the consultant to see if they could
pick one project to put under the Public
Sector Investment Programme (PSIP)
"so people will understand that we are
serious about the waterfront develop-
He said the selected project would
be in phases or perhaps two or three
smaller projects which can be clustered,
"so that the impact would be very vis-
ible so people can understand that we
are doing something serious."
The final draft of the project, he said,
is expected to be submitted to him in
two weeks by the consultants.
Fishermen speak out at Sando forum
Fix our area
first or else
A member of the public addresses the panel during the consultation at City Hall,
San Fernando, on Wednesday. PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie answers questions from
stakeholders during the Ministry's San Fernando Waterfront redevelopment draft integrated feasibility study
consultation at City Hall, San Fernando, on Wednesday. Also in photo is Sebastien Paddington, centre, and
Darian Beharry, regional vice president and assistant project manager of WSP Caribbean Ltd.
Seabathers upset, too
At the presentation, Krishna
Lalchan and Joel Quintal, of the
Seabathers Association of San Fer-
nando, both lamented that in the
draft no provision was made for
The draft includes proposed con-
struction of a plaza, multi-level park-
ing, jetty and convention centre.
Quintal questioned where the
funding will be derived for the project
and also why the old railway building
at the Wharf, which was earmarked
for a museum, was listed as a con-
San Fernando West MP Carolyn
Seepersad-Bachan, speaking with
the T&T Guardian after the consul-
tation, agreed with Lalchan and
Quintal that an area for bathing must
be included, noting it was included
in a previous plan for the waterfront.
She agreed, too, that San Fernando
must have its museum.
"I am not saying that we do not
want a convention centre, we need
a convention centre, but I do not
think that is the appropriate use of
the building, probably an architectural
addition to allow for the convention
centre," she contended.
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