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Housing Minister asks for $2.5b
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal says $2.5 billion is needed in the 2013/2014 fiscal budget to complete outstanding housing projects as well as start new ones. He was speaking to reporters following a cottage meeting at Ridgewood Gardens, Golconda, on Monday night which was attended by more than 300 residents from surrounding areas. Officials from several government agencies, including T&TEC, the Land Settlement Agency, Cepep, URP and WASA were present to address residents’ concerns.
Moonilal said during his constituency walk-abouts, villagers had been complaining about infrastructural problems. He said residents from Picton, for example, were affected by flooding. “This area borders an HDC community and apparently all the water comes down here and floods away the village. HDC has made a commitment to start fixing the drains,” Moonilal said. He said there were outstanding projects at Diego Martin, Wellington Gardens, Fairfield, Princes Town and Union Hall.
“We are hoping to get weighty transfers to help us. We have to close off old projects and start new ones, so we are hoping to get about $2.5 billion allocation in the budget,” the minister said. Moonilal refused to speculate on recent announcements of a Cabinet reshuffle.
“The Prime Minister will speak on such matters. It is not in my purview to speculate,” he said.
However, interim leader of the Independent Liberal Party Jack Warner said it would make no sense reshuffling the Cabinet. Speaking to reporters after opening an office at Southern Main Road, Cunupia, earlier on Monday, Warner said, “Kamla is a victim of the cabal. They talking about a Cabinet reshuffle but who are you going to put where?” He added that government ministers were incompetent and were not accountable to the people.
“Over 60 schools in this country could not open in the new school term and who is holding these ministers accountable? How much money can their pockets take? How many homes can they live in and how many cars can they drive?” Warner asked.
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