Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan says his ministry and the Commissioner of Valuations met on Monday with nine families involved in the Curepe Interchange land acquisition and they will finalise negotiations by tomorrow.
“They recognise Government is very fair in treating with them,” Sinanan said during yesterday’s 2019 Budget debate in Parliament.
Sinanan said policing on the roads will also no longer require a police officer from the first quarter of 2019 when the demerit point system, based on Red Light “Spot Speed” cameras, comes into play.
“Twenty-four-hour surveillance on the roads for speeding motorists...” he added.
He said the $10 million Sea Lots walkover—which has the largest road span at 48 metres—will also be handed over to Government soon. However, he urged the area’s residents to use it.
Tenders for the Valencia-Toco highway were also evaluated yesterday, he said.
Sinanan also said the National Helicopter Services Ltd within his ministry is being sued by Vertical Aviation LLC for $27 million for breach of contract regarding a helicopter rented by the People’s Partnership administration in May 2015 for US$120,000 a month.
But he said the helicopter never came to T&T as it could not be certified in T&T. He said the contract was under then NHSL general manager Joshie Mahabir. Mahabir did not respond to calls last evening.
United National Congress MP Roodal Moonilal confirmed to the T&T Guardian that there were difficulties with the classification of the helicopter and it was not delivered. He added there were legal procedures involved when an item was purchased and “for some reason, the purchase isn’t completed.”
- by Gail Alexander