Media Release

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government commissions a Bailey Bridge in Sixth Company

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March 16, 2018 Kent House, Maraval – Over 100 persons will benefit from the newly installed Bailey Bridge in Sixth Company, Circular Road. This installment was a joint effort between the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and the Ministry of Works and Transport after an urgent request from the MP for Moruga/Tableland Dr. the Hon. Lovell Francis.

Earlier today, Minister Haji Kazim Hosein joined with MP for Moruga/Tableland Dr. the Hon. Lovell Francis, Chairman Gowrie Roopnarine, Chief Executive Officer Ms. Magdalene Matthews, members of Council and Administration of the Princes Town Regional Corporation as well as residents to commission the Bailey Bridge. This installment represents local government reform taking effect as it provides ease of access for the residents and small businesses throughout Sixth Company, as well as along Hamilton Street, Moruga Road, Hindustan Road and the Naparima Mayaro Road.

Minister Hosein commended the efforts of the Princes Town Regional Corporation saying, “I am very happy to be commissioning this bailey bridge this morning. I would like to thank the very hard-working member of Parliament for Moruga/Tableland Dr. Lovell Francis, Chairman Gowrie Roopnarine and Chief Executive Officer Ms. Matthews for their collaborative efforts to complete this bridge in such a short period of time. We at the Ministry are going into the rural communities with our ‘Wooden Bridges Replacement Programme’ where the technical staff at Head Office have been identifying the wooden bridges in critical condition, especially in rural communities such as these and making the necessary arrangements for them to be replaced. We have completed two similar projects like this one in the Diego Martin region and in Icacos, recently.”

He further added, “We at the Ministry will continue to work together with each corporation to ensure that the people receive the assistance that they need in a timely manner. It is our duty to serve the citizens and we will do so to the best of our capabilities.”


Media Release

Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government beginning countrywide tour of infrastructural projects


January 19th, 2018 Kent House, Maraval – Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein along with officials from the Ministry will begin touring completed, ongoing and proposed project sites for infrastructure to be developed in every Municipality under the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP). The first stop will be in the Princes Town Regional Corporation on Monday 22nd January, 2018.

Minister Kazim Hosein stated, “In this financial year, we intend to use all PSIP funding to improve local infrastructure – roads, drains and bridges – especially in rural areas. We plan to start a Wooden Bridge Replacement Programme in which we will install Bailey Bridges in place of dilapidated wooden bridges which have been evaluated as critical. This will improve the physical connectivity across the country and increase road safety in your local communities. As we review these projects and proposed sites, we want to connect with the people who reside and commute in the area, to ensure that these are the benefits that are most needed in the community. Local Government is perhaps the most direct connection that the government as a whole has to the people of the country, and this is one way that we are bringing local government closer to you.”

The effort will continue in the coming weeks until all fourteen (14) Municipal Corporations have been visited. The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has been in contact with each Mayor and Chairman to compile the list of works that have been recently completed, are in progress, or have been proposed and approved by Council, to ensure that the PSIP funding is being utilized to the maximum benefit of the burgesses of the country.