Works to start soon on President's House
Round-the-clock work is to begin soon to have the President's House in St Ann's and the dilapidated Cottage, which was the home of outgoing President George Maxwell Richards and Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards, ready for president-elect Carmona and his family.
Restoration of the Cottage is expected to be completed in approximately three months' time while work on President's House could take over two years, the Sunday Express was told.
This means that incoming President Carmona will occupy President's House some time in late 2015 or early 2016.
A Cabinet note to expedite the work on the President's premises went before Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her Cabinet last Thursday, outlining the scope of work needed to be done.
The Sunday Express learned that the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) is expected to be given responsibilities to restore President's House, and structural surveys are expected to begin following Cabinet's approval.
Outgoing President Richards and his family were forced to move into a cottage near President's House during his term of office, which comes to an end today.
In May 2010, President Richards was advised to vacate his staff from the crumbling President's House with "immediate effect" by then Works and Transport Minister Colm Imbert, largely due to the fact that a few days earlier, a large section of the top floor of the west wing of President's House came crashing down, following heavy showers.
Richards served the country for a period of two terms, from March 2003 to March 17, 2013.