Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation Ramraj Harripersad read the riot act to the business community yesterday and at the same time commending them for helping in the town's development. "Pollution and illegal dumping will not be tolerated," Harripersad said at an inter-faith service held at St Stephen's Anglican Church commemorating the 131st anniversary of the naming of the town. The service was followed by a street parade with members of the Cadet Corps, Cub Scouts, Fire officers, and members of the corporation.
In his address Harripersad noted that businessmen were well off. In the circumstances, he pointed out, there was no need to dump garbage indiscriminately and litter the town. He also called on the business community to share their wealth with the less fortunate. In a wide-ranging address, Harripersad described the region as the "landslip capital" of the country. He assured, however, that this is an issue that is receiving priority from his administration. He spoke also about plans to further develop the area, including an administrative building to be constructed for the Corporation this year, refurbishment of recreation parks and sporting facilities.
With respect to Moruga, Harripersad advocated celebrating the return of Discovery Day saying it is the first place where Columbus touched Trinidad soil in 1498. He also laid out plans for the development of a museum at Moruga, preservation of historical sites, and a renewed emphasis on fishing and agriculture. "We are looking after your best interests and to work hand in hand with you," he pledged.
Harripersad also commended police officers, under the supervision of ASP Maynard for reducing and keeping crime down in the community and for the successful drug eradication exercises over the past few months.
He also commended the academic achievers from the area, identifying students of St Stephen's College. Harripersad also informed the congregation, which included MP Neela Khan and members of the Corporation, that screening of candidates will soon be undertaken for the positions of Chief Medical Officer and Engineer. A health and safety officer will also be introduced into the system soon, he said.
Khan gave a brief history of Princes Town, reminding attendees that Princes Town, formerly Mission of Savana Grande, was renamed after the 1880 visit by Queen Victoria's grandsons, Princes Albert and George.The princes each planted a poui tree at the Anglican church grounds in the area. They survive to this day.