Highway will be completed
By RICHARDSON DHALAI Monday, October 14 2013
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PM'S BOUNCE: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar reaches over to give a supporter a bounce with her fist as she arrived on Saturday night for the UN...
A DEFIANT Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Saturday said notwithstanding protests by a handful of persons, not only will the Point Fortin to San Fernando Highway be completed, but the People’s Partnership remains committed to construction of a highway linking Mayaro to the San Fernando.
She made this known hours after the official commissioning of the North/South interchange at the intersection of the Churchill Roosevelt and Uriah Butler highways.
Outlining her Government’s development plans which includes major investment in the education and health sectors, Persad-Bissessar observed that not only had the national economy not collapsed but in fact it registered significant growth despite the economic hardships plaguing several Caribbean countries.
“We did all this work, roads and drains and box drains and schools and water and highways and byways and we did that without collapsing our economy,” Persad-Bissessar told supporters during a UNC Local Government elections campaign meeting at the Rio Claro carpark on Saturday evening. Citing her trip to Barbados last week, she said due to financial constraints, the Barbados government had signalled its intention to cease paying tuition fees for its nationals attending the University of the West Indies (UWI).
“I was told that the Barbados government is cutting payments of its nationals who were to attend the University of the West Indies because that country is in economic difficulty. But thank God, under your Partnership Government we continue the GATE funding so everyone who wants it can get a free University education.
“We kept the economy going because for the first time we are now on positive economic growth in Trinidad and Tobago. So while we are spending and delivering and developing, the economy is strong!”
She noted the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF) presently has US$5 billion or just over TT$30 billion. Drumming up support for her party’s candidates for the October 21 Local Government poll, she told the large crowd of predominately yellow t-shirted supporters that her government was committed to constructing a highway from San Fernando to Mayaro.
“We are continuing the highway from Golconda, we did up to Debe and we are moving forward to Point Fortin and my Government remains committed to building a highway from San Fernando to Mayaro.
“If you give us the chance, we will build the highway from San Fernando to Mayaro for you here in the south east.” Persad-Bissessar also pointed out that the Union Village Water Project was now supplying water to communities which had never had a pipe-borne water supply.
“For the first time in almost 100 years...98 years, water (is) flowing in the taps from the Agostini water lines...that means Union Village has water!” she told cheering supporters.
“In 2010, only 38 percent of the population had water 24 hours, five days a week. But under your Partnership Government, 71 percent of people now have water five days a week. In Tobago, only 23 percent had a water supply seven days a week but today under your Partnership Government, we have moved from 23 percent of the people in Tobago to 67 percent getting water 24 hours for five days.”
Persad-Bissessar said easy access to health was the population’s number one priority saying the Chancery Lane Teaching Hospital, which is presently under construction would soon be completed while construction on the Couva Children’s Hospital has commenced. Regarding the UNC-controlled Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation, she said 6,500 metres of road were resurfaced, while 2,500 metres of box drains have been constructed.