Moonilal: CCTV for HDC estates
By KEINO SWAMBER Monday, August 19 2013
HOUSING Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said it is the intention of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to install Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) throughout HDC estates and more so in those that are considered crime hotspots.
The minister was commenting on a joint police and army exercise conducted in the East Port-of-Spain area yesterday following a spate of murders last week. Moonilal said yesterday’s exercise followed several meetings involving the security services and the Ministry of Housing.
“It is up to the police to handle the matter in the way they see fit but also within the law,” Moonilal said.
“That’s one of the reasons why when I asked during the week what was happening, the police said they were compiling evidence and building a case against persons who they believe to be involved in criminal activity. I take note and commend the police on the work they have done. It is work that is needed to rescue Port-of-Spain from the clutches of criminal elements that have run amok particularly in the HDC estates.”
Moonilal was speaking during a walkathon and health fair organised by the Hillcrest Gardens Homeowners’ Association. The organisation was formed last year to address the concerns of, and build stronger ties among, residents in the HDC’s Hillcrest Gardens located at Retrench Village, San Fernando.
Moments after being told that his blood pressure was fine, he jokingly declared that it was clearly an indication that he was under no pressure in relation to his duties as a politician.
He, however, resolved to address the issue of crime which has been plaguing certain communities under the purview of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) particularly in areas such as East Port-of-Spain and Maloney in east Trinidad.
He said it is his hope that the initiative shown by the Hillcrest Gardens residents will spread to other HDC communities.
“It is a brilliant example of community members working together for the benefit of the community. This is very important particularly for children to come out and learn about illnesses which may occur and how to avoid them with a healthy lifestyle.”
Several non governmental organisations partnered with the residents to provide services and education at no cost. These included the Red Cross, the Cancer Society, the South AIDS Support Committee, the Just Because Foundation and the Rape Crisis Society to name a few.