At least one Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (Udecott) project in San Fernando is being constructed without written approval from the San Fernando City Corporation, the corporation's chief executive officer Marlene Coudray has said. Coudray indicated that work was being done at Udecott's National Academy of the Performing Arts (NAPA) in San Fernando with the corporation's permission.
She added that the building did not appear to be constructed illegally.
"We simply have a round table with all the players in terms of what the building requirements of the corporation are and we work with them in the construction period," Coudray said, during an interview after Parliament's Public Accounts Committee meeting yesterday morning.
She added that construction at another Udecott project, the Chancery Lane Complex, was done without approval from the corporation. "Well, they (Udecott) came in and they started to work and we pointed out to that you need the city corporation's approval to do it and could you come around the table with us and let us give you the guidelines...And they came and that was about four years ago," Coudray said.
She said that the corporation informed the contractor at the Chancery Lane Complex that there were "certain underground installations that they might not have been aware" about.
"We called them in and had a meeting with T&TEC everybody at the city corporation and they have been working with us since," Coudray said. (KM)