Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Anthony Sammy has said “it will take a couple of years” for the proposed Master Drainage Plan to alleviate flooding and landslides to come on stream in the area.
He also called upon burgesses to exercise responsible environmental practices as he spoke yesterday at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, North Post Road, Diego Martin (opposite Tomato Trace).
The occasion was the distribution of Minor Repairs/Reconstruction Grants (MRRG) worth $10,000 each to ten Diego Martin residents.
Among the recipients were Jean Lewis, Sheila Subero, Calif Boban, Lakshmi Bissessar, Raymond Ellis, Agnes Pernaud, Glen Zamore, Joachim Nottingham and Martha Glodon. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Local Government and National Commission for Self Help Ltd.
Sammy said T&T had hosted two Venezuelan engineers with the hope of constructing a Master Drainage Plan. The experts toured the region, held discussions with the national agencies and have since returned to Venezuela to draft a phased plan to reform the drainage system which hit Diego Martin terribly during August 2012.
With respect to plans to alleviate flooding, Sammy said: “We have not gotten any estimates and the engineers will have to come back and meet with other stakeholders. We will be getting a lot of cooperation with UWI. It will be expensive and it will take a couple of years to put in place but it is the only proper solution.”