Rambachan — PM determines date
By Richardson Dhalai Sunday, August 18 2013
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Minister of Works and Infrastructure and Local Government Surujrattan Rambachan, seated in excavator and Minister of the People and Social Developmen...
As a $13 million dollar road rehabilitation programme in Caroni Central was launched yesterday, sources hinted that the local government elections may be set for October 21, just five days before the constitutional deadline for calling the polls.
But contacted for confirmation of this information, Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan said, “we have not had any discussions about the local government elections. The Prime Minister determines that (the date of the election.)”
Rambachan’s comment came even as he yesterday presented a gift to his newly-wed Cabinet colleague, Minister of the People and Social Development Minister, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh — the $13 million road rehabilitation project along the Freeport Mission Road, from Three Roads Junction to the Solomon Hochoy highway.
Asked whether the rehabilitation exercise was part of Government’s strategy for the Local Government elections, Rambachan said the People’s Partnership administration had been paving roads since its first month in office and was not an “election driven government.”
“From the first month we came into office, we started to fix roads and drains and the one thing people cannot say and should not say about this government is that we are an election driven government,’ he said.
Rambachan noted over the last two months, some 800 roads under the Ministry of Local Government had been paved and the Ministry was also constructing 32 pavilions and 60 bridges.
“Road rehabilitation and drainage works under the much maligned URP programme between July last year and middle August this year, we have completed just over 508 drainage projects,” he said.
Rambachan said his constituency of Tabaquite and Ramadharsingh’s Caroni Central constituency had the greatest needs with retaining walls “as high as 40 feet” needed in some places “to make sure that roadways were secure.”
“And if we had not done that extensive infrastructural road works, today the people of Tabaquite and Hermitage and Corosal and Caratal will perhaps not be able to go to their homes,” he said.
He also said a number of projects throughout the country — in Arima, Cumuto, San Fernando and Penal were scheduled to begin in the next two weeks.