Many pluses to Govt's decentralisation plan
There are a number of reasons to be elated and welcome the Government's initiative to disperse ministries out of Port of Spain.
I think I can speak for all when I say that I anxiously look forward to the decrease in the number of cars on the north-bound highway every day and finally having a chance to reach to work early without having to deal with dreadful early-morning traffic pile-ups and excessive exhaust fumes from negligent car owners (I think the environment "sighs" a bit softer on that one too!). I can't begin to describe how difficult and stressful it is for a working parent to get up on mornings and prepare for the day, rush the kids off to school and still manage to reach to work on time, especially if you're working in the capital city but coming from south! On most days it's impossible. That's why I eagerly anticipate this shift.
Besides the traffic congestion reduction I think the said areas earmarked for relocation stand to benefit greatly in terms of infrastructure. The development is much needed and has been long begged for. Any increase in development for Port of Spain is highly unnecessary and would eventually "kill" the city.
There are economic gains for both citizens and the country as increased development of other areas would definitely encourage our entrepreneurs to invest their ideas as well as productivity levels may may go up in the capital as full working hours should be achievable due to less traffic. Socially, I believe that parents would now be able to spend valuable family time at home as they can reach home before dark to see their little ones or be able to finally have some time to indulge in their pasttimes.
From any perspective this idea stands to gain. I can't imagine why, for my life, anyone would oppose this idea. I fully support the Government and look forward to a speedy implementation.