Crackdown on HDC ‘migrants’
AS the government moves to crack down on crime in East Port of Spain, Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal yesterday said that intervention was much needed in order to prevent people from migrating from this area into other Housing Development Corporation (HDC) developments.
Speaking at a health fair arranged by the residents at the HDC area of Hillcrest Gardens, Retrench, San Fernando, Moonilal said the government was collaborating with the police to deal with crime in HDC hotspots.
“We are hoping to crack down on the criminal elements in the HDC estate because if we don’t, we may have a migration of people leaving Port of Spain East and going into other areas in Trinidad and Tobago, particularly HDC areas in Central Trinidad, in South Trinidad, in Oropune and that is not something we want to promote because that has its own danger as well by a mass migration of person outside of the city... There are security issues as well,” Moonilal said.
He said that depending on the level of criminal activity in an HDC area, closed circuit televisions (CCTV) will be installed.
“In the Port of Spain East area and Maloney and in other estates where there is a high level of criminal activity as deemed by the police...we will install CCTV cameras and technology. We also look to install HDC identification cards with appropriate technology and standards so that we can identify from a glance persons who are legitimate HDC tenants,” Moonilal said.
The Housing Minister who is also the Member of Parliament for the Retrench, San Fernando area said that he attended the health fair in solidarity with the residents.
He was in high praise of the Hillcrest Gardens Homeowners Association for organising yesterday’s function as he said such a drive could help the children understand the importance of having a healthy lifestyle.
He also heard some of their complaints which included drainage problems, lack of street lights and the non delivery of their mail.
Moonilal said that these will soon be addressed as the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&Tec) is expected to install street lights in the next two weeks and in the coming months street will be named to allow the postal service to do mail delivery.