Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson Regis is today saying that blame for the situation at Greenvale, La Horquetta should not lay with those who are not responsible for the development of housing in the area namely the People’s National Movement.
Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr Roodal Moonilal rebutted statements made by the Minister of Planning and Development that the 230 units constructed by the HDC in Greenvale Development Park, La Horquetta, were done during the period 2010-2015, under the People’s Partnership Administration.
Dr Moonilal called on the PNM to take full ownership of this project saying that it is well-documented in the minutes of the Housing Development Company (HDC) Board Meeting of March 2005, under the Chairmanship of Andre Monteil, that the HDC approved the construction of these 230 units and the $97M contract was awarded to Trinity Housing Limited which is owned by Mr John Rahael of the Rahael Group of Companies.
Speaking on the Power Breakfast Show on Power 102.1fm on Wednesday Minister Robinson Regis revealed that in 2011 the Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and development gave reasons for its refusal to grant permission for construction of houses in the area.
She said that she did not have information on exactly when construction in the area started, however, her information revealed that planning permission was granted in 2014.
She disclosed that phases 1 and 2 were completed in 2014 and the final phase was completed in 2015.
The ruling PNM had not been in office at that time.
Minister Robinson Regis maintained that extenuating circumstances led to the terrible situation that followed the recent life-threatening flooding in the area but claims by the previous administration that all had been done to treat with flooding in the area were untrue.
She said that flooding will reoccur once there is unusual rainfall but residents have to ensure that waterways are not subject to indiscriminate dumping of plastic and garbage that exacerbates the issue.