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Excavation at base of Sando Hill to be monitored

BY RICHARDSON DHALAI Monday, May 26 2014

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Businessman Truman Lochan Dass, left, speaks with Deputy Mayor of San Fernando Junia Regrello yesterday at the worksite at the back of Stackhouse Whol...
Businessman Truman Lochan Dass, left, speaks with Deputy Mayor of San Fernando Junia Regrello yesterday at the worksite at the back of Stackhouse Whol...

SAN FERNANDO Deputy Mayor, Alderman Junia Regrello, visited the Pointe-a-Pierre road compound of Stackhouse Limited yesterday to ensure that construction works did not encroach on the San Fernando Hill Heritage site and that all works were being done in accordance with a survey map which had been submitted to the Town and Country Planning division.

In early April, residents had raised concerns about quarrying taking place on the compound between the hours of 6 pm to 6 am with huge mounds of gravel removed from the compound and being stockpiled on an empty parcel of land located next to the Marabella Police Station on the Southern Main Road.

The work was stopped pending a meeting with the supermarket owner and the San Fernando City Corporation.

And speaking to reporters yesterday, proprietor Truman Lochan Dass said he was “working’ very closely with the Mayor’s office and “with their support and we working with the guidelines and we have been complying with them all along and we notify all the relevant authority and we start back today.”

Meanwhile, Regrello said they had visited the site last week and had asked Dass “ to submit his survey plan that was submitted to the Town and Country Planning so we could look at it to ensure that no rules were broken and he followed the guidelines and did not encroach on our Heritage site.”

“So far that seems to be in order and it is just for him to continue his work under the stipulation as instructed by the Ministry of Energy,” he said.

“Our responsibility at this point is to do periodic checks just to ensure he is following the guidelines and monitoring, our main interest is the Heritage site, which is the San Fernando Hill and he doesn’t encroach on the hill, another is the health of our citizens and regarding the stockpile at the Marabella Police Station as much as he has resumed work, he will be moving it back,’ Regrello continued. “We wanted to look at the plan, look at the work being done and make comparisons and ensure that he was staying within the rules,” he said, adding, “No removal of material, no excavation works to be done especially with our heritage site, we are just here to ensure that is not threatened and no aggregate is being removed from there.”

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