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Siparia stakeholders discuss improvements

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

SIPARIA'S neglect is being addressed, one project at a time, and the town administrators have decided to involve all stakeholders in the projects.

Residents last Friday participated in the first ever "Siparia Stakeholders Meeting", where details of plans for new projects, and the upgrade of existing infrastructure, were discussed.

The projects are expected to cost more than $135 million.

The meeting was chaired by the Siparia Regional Corporation and held at its headquarters at High Street.

Chairman Leo Doodnath said the meeting was successful.

Members of various groups in Siparia including the Siparia Chamber of Commerce, the Siparia Inter-Religious Group and the Siparia Festivals Committee were present, along with representatives from several government agencies.

Doodnath said there were plans for a three-storey state-of-the-art library, and construction is expected to begin by August.

The upgrade of Irvin Park is expected to begin as soon as possible with an international cycling track, a world class football field and parking for 300 vehicles.

Doodnath said by the end of March, a new Siparia market should be completed and will cater for 200 vendors. A food court and conference centre will also be a part of the new market and elevators have already been installed.

And there is going to be a special section dedicated to famed Parang Queen Daisy Voisin, a former resident of Siparia, he said.

The Daisy Voisin Hub will consist of six vending booths, separate washroom facilities, private car parking and space for cultural events. A statute in honour of Daisy Voisin is also being constructed.

The market is projected to cost $50 million, the library $25 million, the park $50 million and the hub $10 million.

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