Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram (far left) and members of his entourage examine dredging and clearing works at Chandernagore Village, Chase Village, Chaguanas on Friday. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)


Persons encroaching and constructing illegal structures would face the brunt of the law.

The warning comes from Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram.  The MP made the statement while touring flood prone areas in his constituency, on Friday morning.

Ratiram said persons occupying the riverbanks create difficulty for the relevant authorities to mobilize heavy equipment to clear watercourses. 

Councillor Dubra Persad (left), villager Toolise Samaroo and Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram look at dredging works at Chandernagore Village, Chase Village, Chaguanas, on Friday. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

He also revealed that some persons already have been served notice by the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) to move.

“We will have to do what needs to be done to have these illegal structures removed,” he asserted.

Ratiram said the CTTRC had lobbied with the Ministry of Works for the clearing of watercourses and work had begun. However, the MP notes that the work was not being done properly.

He said the contractor claimed that the contract was allocated for the eastern bank of the river to be cleaned, which was insufficient, since the entire area needed to be cleared of debris to ensure there is no clogging of waterways.