Councillors, corporation unfairly blamed says Chaguanas mayor

Monday, July 29, 2019 - 14:00

Ch­agua­nas may­or Gopaul Bood­han has said that coun­cil­lors and the Ch­agua­nas Bor­ough Cor­po­ra­tion (CBC) are be­ing un­fair­ly blamed for a lack of ser­vices.


He was re­spond­ing yes­ter­day to a re­port which crit­i­cised the cor­po­ra­tion and coun­cil­lors for not be­ing able to ac­cess ser­vices.

Bood­han said many of the cor­po­ra­tion’s equip­ment are down and the Gov­ern­ment was not mak­ing any re­leas­es to the CBC to un­der­take re­pairs or pur­chase sup­plies.

He said al­so that rel­e­vant State agen­cies such as the Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­i­ty (WASA) was not un­der­tak­ing time­ly road re­pairs when­ev­er they do un­der­ground work.

Bood­han said the rel­e­vant Sate agen­cies re­spon­si­ble for road paving and drainage were not func­tion­ing the bor­ough. He said coun­cil­lors have had to beg for as­sis­tance from the pri­vate sec­tor to get some lev­el of as­sis­tance.

The may­or said the CBC is still await­ing an ad­di­tion­al $42 mil­lion from the Gov­ern­ment. He said the funds are im­por­tant for de­vel­op­ment. “The fi­nan­cial year clos­es soon and on­ly the min­is­ter knows why the funds are not be­ing re­leased,” he added.

Reporter: Shas­tri Boodan