CONSTRUCTION on the Mayaro Fire Station is expected to begin next month, almost three years after it was promised by the People’s Partnership government.
Chairman of the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation Hazarie Ramdeen said yesterday the station should be completed by the end of the year.
Ramdeen said he received confirmation from Member of Parliament for Mayaro Winston Peters that construction will begin in March.
In 2010, just before the general election, Peters promised his constituents that if the United National Congress(UNC) won the election, the station would be built within the first year of that government.
Later that year, it was also promised to be the first fire station built under the present administration.
In December 2011, there was a sod-turning ceremony for the fire station at Mayaro Guayaguayare Road, near the Mayaro Composite Secondary School.
It was attended by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Peters, other government ministers and officials from the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago(UDeCOTT).
UDeCOTT is responsible for awarding the contract.
Ruston Paray, head of the Mayaro Chamber of Business Development , had expressed disappointment over the long wait.
Paray said yesterday:” Any progress is a plus for the community. The community has been waiting with a bated breath for it to happen.We will be very happy in terms of the business community and the residents in the area that we actually see some construction start. We wait to see.
“You heard so many starting times, when you see two bulldozers going in and start knocking things down, then you will probably raise a hand and clap at the end of day.”