|Lights for Frederick Settlement grounds |
By CECILY ASSON Saturday, July 24 2010
PRIME MINISTER Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Monday night officially switched on lights at the Frederick Settlement Recreation Ground in Caroni and also at the nearby La Paille Grounds in La Paille Gardens.
Both events were witnessed by Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner who is also the Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West, General Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (TTEC) Indarjit Singh, other senior TTEC officials and scores of residents who avoided the muddy field and took in the action from the sidelines.
In his remarks, Singh told the gathering that the ground lighting project of the two grounds, which was completed in three weeks despite inclement weather, cost $1,554,137. Singh said he was informed that former national footballer Ancil Elcock is a product of the Frederick Settlement Recreation Ground.
According to Singh, the Frederick Settlement Recreation Ground which measures 118 metres by 100 metres and has 36 1,500 watt spot lamps installed on six 17-metre poles, cost of $997,345 while the La Paille grounds, with a field size of 80x70 metres, has 24 1,500 watt spot lamps on four 17-metre poles at a cost of $556,792.
But it was not an easy evening for the scores of Caroni residents who were forced to wait more than three hours for the long awaited lights to finally be switched on. The ceremony to mark the installation of the lights under the Prime Minister’s National Street Lighting Project, was carded to start at 6 pm, but got underway at 8.30 pm.
The long delay was due to the late arrival of Persad-Bissessar and Warner who when they took the podium each apologized to the crowd telling them they got caught up on the campaign trail for the Local Government Election, in San Fernando, where they were giving support to their candidates vying for seats in the San Fernando City Corporation.
“I know you waited long for us. We thank you for waiting for us. We were anxious to reach here but so much people waited on the road for us in San Fernando.Do you forgive us?” Persad- Bissessar asked, to which the crowd happily responded with a resounding: “Yes!” Warner too offered his apologies. “I apologize for us coming in late this evening, but we had some serious work to do in San Fernando,” Warner told the cheering crowd. “I told the Prime Minister that you all would understand that we have to take San Fernando. It is the last borough we have to take, we have taken all the others already. San Fernando is the last one and I didn’t want that we would not get San Fernando because of this event, so I am quite sure you will forgive us for being late.”