At the time of writing, the preliminary results of last Monday’s local government elections were available with recounts taking place in some areas.
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Renewed life for cremation site
The Shore of Peace at Mosquito Creek, which is on the verge of collapsing because of coastal erosion, will be one of the sites to benefit from a $255 million rehabilitation project. The cremation site at South Oropouche has lost more than 100 feet of land, including its original entrance road, which has collapsed into the sea.
On a tour of areas affected by coastal erosion along Trinidad’s south-western peninsula yesterday, Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan saw evidence of rocks, trees, tyres and dislodged rails in the sea. The Shore is Peace is just one of 26 eroded coastal areas identified by Rambachan who also visited Icacos and Cap-de-Ville Beach, Point Fortin, yesterday. He said projects will be undertaken in the next three years in areas where the coastline has been badly eroded.
“This project, the technical details of which we can’t explain to you, will cost approximately $7 million. There are three others, one at Cap-de-Ville and the other one at Icacos. “There are also projects this year carded for the Manzanilla area where the coastal erosion is also very aggressive,” Rambachan said. Candice Gray, shoreline specialist at the Works Ministry’s Coastal Protection Unit, said more than 520 metres of shoreline will be protected in the programme.