THE Ministry of Local Government has cleared up to $20 million in funding for the upgrade of the Chaguanas Market.
A media release coming out of the Couva North Constituency office on Saturday stated that the funding has been approved by Cabinet.
Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial, under whose jurisdiction the Chaguanas Market lies, thanked the People’s Partnership Government for the funding to refurbish the facility.
“For too long, vendors who occupy the market have had to deal with a leaking roof, poor ventilation, improper toilet facilities etc and the much-needed upgrade would be greatly appreciated by vendors and purchasers alike,” Ramdial stated in the release.
Ramdial said the Government is committed to the sustainable development of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and will continue to make the citizens of our country “the most important influencing factor in the decision-making process for goods and services”.
The Chaguanas Market, on Old Southern Main Road, is home to dozens of vendors in fresh produce, meats, seafood and dry and processed goods on the ground floor.
The second storey of the building is occupied mostly by clothing vendors and haberdashers.
Parking for customers has for years been a hassle, particularly on weekends, and Works Minister Suruj Rambachan stated a week ago that any revision of the facility should consider easing traffic woes caused by the market.