‘Moonilal promised houses for sick, elderly’
STATE housing will be provided for the sick and elderly affected by construction of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal promised yesterday.
This is according to Edward Moodie, consultant with the National Infrastructure Development Co (Nidco), who visited Moonilal at his constituency office in Debe.
Moodie led a group of more than 80 residents to the Minister’s office, delivered a letter to Minister in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure Stacy Roopnarine, at her constituency office, and visited Nidco’s Community Outreach Office in Debe.
However, he said the group was denied access to the building.
The residents, who are part of the Debe to Point Fortin Highway Action Committee, visited the offices because “they want answers”, Moodie said.
The letter delivered to Roopnarine included a list of 41 concerns. It was also e-mailed to Carson Charles, Nidco’s president.
The letter stated, in part: “Farmers want land to be able to build their houses on. Farmers are not planting on EMBD lands because of praedial larceny. We want to live on our lands which we plant on.”
Moodie and the group’s public relations officer Khaleel Ali met with Moonilal.
Moodie said, “He (Moonilal) made it clear that most of the issues, he could not voice any of those because they were not in his ministry. He promised that the sick and the elderly would be able to access housing from HDC as he had promised two years ago.
“Picton 1 Site, which was developed a few months ago and is ready for relocation, would be looked into as an acceptable relocation site for squatters with priority at the next sitting of the inter-ministerial committee on Friday. This site was agreed to as an acceptable site by residents after a field visit was done by my group... most squatters said they would accept it immediately if they get it to able to build their homes, and they would not have to rent.”
Moodie said residents wanted a meeting with Charles or officials from the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure. Attempts to contact Moonilal by cell phone and text messages were unsuccessful.