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Lack of planning costing country

Published: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Most of T&T’s infrastructure could be considered reasonably adequate for about half the current number of homes and about one quarter of the number of vehicles. How has such an serious imbalance come about? The short answer is an almost complete lack of intelligent planning at the macro level.

Look at Saddle Road, Maraval, as a prime example. This must be one of the busiest two-lane roads in the world and it was built 70 years plus ago, for maybe 10 per cent of the cars that attempt to use it on a daily basis. Yet, if you look behind Massy Stores, Moka, you see a recent large condominium development of many new homes, all pouring more vehicles onto said beleaguered Saddle Road.

Why not only allow single dwelling house units in already overcrowded areas like Maraval and give incentives to developers for establishing new housing developments in semi rural areas like D’Abadie and Valencia. Currently, the lost man power hours from excess traffic alone must be costing this country dearly.

GREGORY WIGHT, MARAVAL

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