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PM to name Las Alturas commission chairman

by | Oct 3, 2014

Las Alturas apartment complexThe commission of enquiry into the crumbling Las Alturas housing settlement is receiving the attention of the Government.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar disclosed yesterday that a chairman of the commission should be named next week.

Persad-Bissessar made the disclosure at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital.

The Prime Minister said the matter came before the Cabinet yesterday, and while a chairman has not yet been named, systems have been put in place for a secretariat and other incidentals.

At least one of the buildings at Las Alturas has fallen apart and Government has accused People’s National Movement (PNM) leader and former housing minister Dr Keith Rowley of being responsible for the construction disaster.

But Rowley distanced himself from the project, saying he was not the line minister.

The $26 million 480-unit project belongs to the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and is to be demolished as the buildings, which have never been used, are not fit for occupation, according to HDC chairman Jearlean John.

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