Monday, January 22, 2018

Moonilal: Brian Lara Stadium will be completed

NO work will be done on the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba until after the next budget is delivered, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said yesterday.

Moonilal said the Government had estimated that $190 million will be needed to complete  the controversial stadium started by the previous administration.

The Minister said Government will be keeping its promise to have the stadium completed.

He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the newly-constructed Debe to Hermitage Road in Hermitage Village.

“We have not estimated the amount for repairs, we are doing an estimate for rehabilitation work at this time. We are hoping  with the next budget to get some funds to meet and treat with that. We have always said that we will finish it, it’s just that resources must be available,” said Moonilal.

Thieves have reportedly moved into the facility and dismantled the electrical system and infrastructural works. The Express was informed that several seats were also removed from the compound and windows were broken.

However, Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) communications manager Roxanne Stapleton-Whyms denied that items were being removed from the facility. 

She said on Monday that  a timeline to completion has not yet been identified.

 “The cost to completion will be dependent on the scope of works and any remedial works deemed necessary,” she said. Moonilal had stated the intention  to complete the cricket academy and have some games taking place at the facility by 2015.

The stadium, which forms part of a multi-sporting complex consisting of aquatic facilities and an indoor basketball court, was initially estimated to cost some $850 million but it has already exceeded this figure.

The project became the subject of a commission of enquiry and claims of corruption were cited in a lawsuit filed against former executive chairman of UDeCOTT, Calder Hart.