The Ministry of Works and Transport has been ordered to pay almost $1.5 million in compensation to a contractor from Sangre Grande, who carried out paving works in east Trinidad in 2011 without a written contract with the ministry.
Delivering a judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, on Monday, High Court Judge James Aboud ruled in favour of Eastern Engineering and Marketing Services.
A new traffic plan implemented in Sangre Grande left scores of drivers confused and resulted in traffic gridlock stretching as far as Valencia on Wednesday.
All traffic leaving the town will now have to pass along Railway Road, which runs parallel to the Eastern Main Road, at exit at the turn off near Guaico Tamana Road.
All traffic heading east will use the Eastern Main Road (EMR), which has been converted to one-way traffic up to Wallenvalle.
President of the Sangre Grande Chamber Richard Mohammed has said that Sangre Grande is facing a traffic crisis which is dampening the town’s attractiveness and reputation domestically.
He said the Chamber has engaged in discussions with the Ministry of Works and Transport with regards to the Highway Development Project, paving of the streets of the town and enhancement of the pavements and beautification projects.
Mohammed made the comment during the installation of the Chamber’s new executive.
A near-fatal accident three weeks before their wedding almost derailed the plans of a Sangre Grande couple.
Basha Cain, 29, had planned to marry her common-law husband, Sean Cain, 45, in a ceremony at the Open Bible Church in Sangre Grande on Boxing Day. Instead, they exchanged vows at Sean’s bedside in the Sangre Grande Hospital on that day.
Angry Sangre Grande residents are calling on the relevant authorities to ensure that the huge mounds of garbage which were removed from their homes following last month’s flooding are now removed immediately from the roadsides.
They say they now fear an outbreak of disease because the garbage is now drawing vermin and smelling up their communities.
The garbage, which includes damaged appliances, soaked mattresses and furniture, has been piled up at the front of their homes for the last three weeks and is yet to be removed.