Sunday, December 17, 2017

Talks on Chaguanas city status

First meeting Thursday

THE Chaguanas Borough Corporation will on Thursday host its first public consultation in its bid to become the country’s third city.

Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan said the consultation is entitled “From Borough to City”.

Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development Dr Bhoe Tewarie is expected to chair the meeting. Other Government ministers are  expected to attend, Boodhan said.

He said the meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the corporation’s new administrative complex at the corner of Taitt and Cumberbatch Streets.

The mayor is encouraging organisations and groups especially to attend so their views could be shared.

Chaguanas became a borough in 1990. It was a minor town during the 1980s but expanded rapidly during that period.

Boodhan and his predecessor Orlando Nagessar both expressed their desire to see Chaguanas elevated to city status.

In 2012, Nagessar said: “To become a city you must have certain requirements. For example, there must be a fire station, police station, court house, library, cathedral, city hall and we have acquired all those facilities in the borough. We have over 100,000 in population with a strong business community and we are certain we can collect enough taxes to fix the city in its day-to-day activities.” 

Nagessar said that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had promised him that Chaguanas would be the country’s next city.