THE people of Chaguanas want the borough to be elevated to city status as soon as possible.
Yesterday, the borough celebrated its 21st anniversary with a huge military parade from Montrose Junction to the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.
Members of Parliament Dr Suruj Rambachan, Jack Warner, Stephen Cadiz and Ramona Ramdial attended the event.
Cadiz and Ramdial suggested that Chaguanas become the Central city.
Cadiz, who is the MP for Chaguanas East, said when he returns for the celebrations next year, he will not be coming to an administrative building but to a City Hall.
Chaguanas Mayor Orlando Nagessar fully agreed.
Speaking to the Express afterwards, 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."
The Mayor said the name of the newly-built Chaguanas Borough Administrative Building will be changed to Chaguanas City Hall when the title is given.
Nagessar said: "When you look at the two cities, Port of Spain and San Fernando, what they have there as a city, we have it here in Chaguanas. There is nothing that the cities have that they do not have in the Borough. We are one of the fastest expanding boroughs in the country."
He said during his inauguration as mayor, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar promised him that the next city in the country would be Chaguanas.
"We wait with anxiety and bated breath to see when this would become a reality," said Nagessar.