Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Arouca MP pledges to tackle flooding affecting constituents

The MP for Arouca/Maloney and Planning Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis has announced that she has taken steps to address the flooding woes affecting her constituents.

In a statement on Tuesday, she said she will be working with the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation (TPRC), the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Self Help Commission with a short term and long term plan aimed at solving the issue.

“In response to the flooding over this past weekend, I mobilised a team including TPRC Chairman Kwesi Robinson along with their engineering team, Self Help Commission Chair Elroy Julian, MP for Lopinot Bon Air West Marvin Gonzales and an engineering team from the Ministry of Works and Transport to dredge and clear some of the clogged water courses to apply immediate relief.  Works and Transport Minister the Hon Rohan Sinanan also visited the site and a long term plan is being developed with all the entities aforementioned,” she said. 

Robinson-Regis stated that some of the possible solutions being investigated as part of a major flood mitigation plan for the constituency include widening drains and water courses, the development of a flood retention plan and raising the physical level of some parts of the road network in the Arouca/Maloney area.

“In the short term, I mentioned the dredging and clearing of water courses. Affected persons also received care packages of food and other essential items to help during this difficult time. In addition, the Constituency Office for Arouca/Maloney he assisting affected persons with the application for flood grants.”

The MP sought to assure nationals that the Government will tend to the interest and needs of citizens, as well as take the necessary steps to avoid situations that may cause plight for anyone.

“As Minister of Planning and Development, the Environmental Management Authority and the Town and Country Planning Division under my remit are investigating a number of land developments being undertaken in various parts of the country to guarantee that the responsible developers have the obligatory approvals and are meeting the necessary legal requirements. If it is discovered that none of the above have been met, then all actions available to the Ministry under the law will be implemented to either stop the developments or to ensure that the proper measures are being undertaken to safeguard the natural environment of Trinidad and Tobago.”

She said the destruction of T&T’s terrestrial ecosystems through deforestation, illegal logging, forest fires and indiscriminate quarrying, are just a few challenges faced by the country.

Robinson-Regis said these activities are threatening the country’s biodiversity in particular habitats and can also contribute to increased flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. She added that flooding events are compounded by climate change.

“Environmental management, protection and conservation are key responsibilities of the Ministry of Planning and Development. The Ministry has been conducting several programmes across various sub sectors of the environment aimed at ensuring that we preserve its integrity, however protecting the environment must be the responsibility of every member of our national population. Every citizen must ensure that they are environmentally responsible in their daily lives.”

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