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Bharath: Chaguanas traffic a turn-off
Traffic is a major turn-off to investment in Chaguanas, Trade Minister Vasant Bharath said yesterday. Speaking at a special meeting to discuss the borough’s traffic problem hosted by the Chaguanas Borough Corporation at the New Chaguanas Town Hall, the minister called for the traffic and bureaucratic bottlenecks to be cleared.
“As the Minister of Trade, looking to encourage people as foreign direct or local investors, I have a great difficulty in encouraging them to come to Chaguanas because one visit to Chaguanas will turn them off,” Bharath said. The minister said a lot of unplanned development had taken place in Chaguanas and priority areas need to be identified and targeted to resolve the problem.
Works Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan said there are plans to ease traffic congestion in the busy central borough. He said strategies being considered include relocating the Montrose Vedic School and the Chaguanas Market to a location west of the major town centre. Rambachan said road paving will start soon in Carlsen Field to connect residents in surrounding communities to the highway and he is considering getting former tasker roads paved and lanes expanded to get traffic moving.
Rambachan said Chaguanas became attractive to investors around the beginning of the 21st century. He said around 2004 several conglomerates, including Guardian Media Limited, started investing in central Trinidad. Business is expanding and a 20 acre site near Price Plaza is currently being developed by a private investor for banking and retail activities.