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Moonilal slams PNM million $$ housing

Published: 
Sunday, July 8, 2018
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Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal Photo by:Office of the Parliament

RADHICA DE SILVA

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Days after the Housing Development Corporation announced plans to construct a million-dollar gated community in Cunupia, former housing minister Dr Roodal Moonilal has accused the Government of reneging on its promise not to build excessively priced houses.

Moonilal was speaking after HDC's managing director Brent Lyons announced a gated community will be built at Bamboo Villas in Chin Chin, Cunu­pia, at a cost of $1.26 million per unit.

Lyons said the cost will escalate to $1.5 million if the house is furnished and a total of 201 units will be built.

Moonilal said this new plan was contradictory to the PNM's prior housing policy not to build high-priced houses.

"This proposed construction comes after the PNM Government spent almost three years furiously attacking the housing policy of the Kamla Persad-Bissessar government. The PNM repeatedly criticised the historically successful home construction programme of the Persad-Bissessar administration, claiming the houses were excessively priced," Moonilal said.

He reminded the public that in November 2015 Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley berated the housing policy of the Persad-Bissessar administration, insisting that there will be no construction of million-dollar houses by HDC.

“The taxpayers of Trinidad and Tobago cannot afford to provide to people who are looking for million-dollar homes," he said at that time.

Moonilal said now that Dr Rowley was in charge of housing he was about to build expensive houses without justifying the decision or detailing a construction policy.

He some some people who the Attorney General took action against are now being engaged in public housing.

"This is an obvious and blatant slap in the face of Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi. This unashamed about-turn will see further waste of precious taxpayers’ money and redound only to the benefit of friends, party hacks, and cronies of the failed Rowley regime. This is further evidence of a pathetic and hopeless government, one without any core policies or effective leadership," Moonilal added.

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