Trinidad and Tobago Contractors Association

Trinidad and Tobago Contractors Association TTCA is a medium through which construction training and standards, as well as the lobbying of issues affecting contractors The Trinidad and Tobago Contractors Association (TTCA) was founded in 1968 by a small group of visionaries consisting of Granville Johnson, McDonald Morrell, Lepold Arthur and Emile Elias.
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The Association was born out of a need to have collective representation in the construction sector and during its forty-four (44) years in operation, the TTCA has evolved into a medium through which construction training and standards, as well as the lobbying of issues affecting contractors are continually pursued with the various publics on behalf of its members.

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Sinanan: Repairs scheduled before protestAlthough Rousillac residents yesterday said their protests over poor roads had ...
31/10/2017
Sinanan: Repairs scheduled before protest

Sinanan: Repairs scheduled before protest

Although Rousillac residents yesterday said their protests over poor roads had nothing to do with politics, an unapologetic Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan yesterday deemed the action to be politically motivated.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2017-10-30/sinanan-repairs-scheduled-protest

Although Rousillac residents yesterday said their protests over poor roads had nothing to do with politics, an unapologetic Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan yesterday deemed the action to be politically motivated. However, he said the road was already scheduled for repairs later this week…

Rousillac residents protest bad roadsSmoke signals sent to GovtThick dark smoke blocked out the sky in Rousillac during ...
31/10/2017
Smoke signals sent to Govt

Rousillac residents protest bad roads
Smoke signals sent to Govt

Thick dark smoke blocked out the sky in Rousillac during the early hours of yesterday, as residents signalled to Government: “Fix our roads or we’ll shut down the entire South-Western peninsula.”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2017-10-30/smoke-signals-sent-govt

Thick dark smoke blocked out the sky in Rousillac during the early hours of yesterday, as residents signalled to Government: “Fix our roads or we’ll shut down the entire South-Western peninsula.” Miles of traffic piled up along the Southern Main Road from Otaheite to La Brea, trapping students, comm...

Govt going after contractors
30/10/2017

Govt going after contractors

Ministry blamed for Flooding
30/10/2017

Ministry blamed for Flooding

Ministry of Works and Transport Trinidad & Tobago
30/10/2017

Ministry of Works and Transport Trinidad & Tobago

Update: the Siparia Road 8.5km -9km landslip area is extending into the road as the previously slipped section has completely broken off. Motorists are urged to please proceed with caution in this vicinity of the Siparia Road.

27/10/2017
$9m in work crumbling

Roxborough Hanging Bridge brings little road relief
$9m in work crumbling

Roxborough and environs residents are now questioning whether the $9 million ‘Hanging Down’ project in their community is really complete, as the roadway once again seems to be in danger of being undermined.

Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment Kwesi Des Vignes deemed the project, which comprised construction of gabion baskets and 150 metres of rock armour revetment, complete and under budget by $1.5 million last month.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.tobagotoday.co.tt/news/9m-work-crumbling

Roxborough and environs residents are now questioning whether the $9 million ‘Hanging Down’ project in their community is really complete, as the roadway once again seems to be in danger of being undermined.

27/10/2017
Laws needed to ensure quality

Experts at construction symposium:
Laws needed to ensure quality

Structural steel specialist Mikey Joseph is calling on the Government to improve the standard of building construction through legislation.

He made the call at a symposium hosted by the Tobago House of Assembly’s Division of Infrastructure Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Contractors Association (TTCA).

READ MORE HERE: http://www.tobagotoday.co.tt/news/laws-needed-ensure-quality

Structural steel specialist Mikey Joseph is calling on the Government to improve the standard of building construction through legislation. He made the call at a symposium hosted by the Tobago House of Assembly’s Division of Infrastructure Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) in collaboration with th...

25/10/2017
BOBOL IN THE BILLION$ AT EMBD...Agri minister details the contractsThere was rampant corruption in the Estate Management...
25/10/2017
BOBOL IN THE BILLION$ AT EMBD

BOBOL IN THE BILLION$ AT EMBD
...Agri minister details the contracts

There was rampant corruption in the Estate Management & Business Development Company (EMBD) where billions were spent on variations to contracts.

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said the corruption from just this one State Enterprise has landed the country in the economic difficulties it faces today.

He was speaking on the budget debate at the Senate sitting at the International Waterfront Complex, Port of Spain on Thursday. Rambharat said there were five categories of contracts where EMBD contracted to do works at valued at $3.4 billion.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20161021/news/bobol-in-the-billion-at-embd

By Anna Ramdass - There was rampant corruption in the Estate Management & Business Development Company (EMBD) where billions were spent on variations to contracts. Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said the corruption from just this one State Enterprise has landed the country in the economic d...

Namalco set to get $436m contract.State intends to file lawsuit against it, but...ON the heels of the State initiating l...
23/10/2017
Namalco set to get $436m contract *

Namalco set to get $436m contract.
State intends to file lawsuit against it, but...

ON the heels of the State initiating legal action against five contractors which it has labelled a “cartel”, it is set to award one of them, La Brea-based Namalco, close to $436 million in road works.

The Sunday Express understands that Namalco, against which the State has indicated it will initiate court proceedings in the coming weeks for alleged cartel arrangements, is to be awarded four packages for the completion of the Point Fortin highway extension from the National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco).

It would be Namalco's second contract from Nidco in the past month.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20171021/news/the-state-initiating-legal-action

By Asha Javeed—ON the heels of the State initiating legal action against five contractors which it has labelled a “cartel”...

Dr Moonilal, Kallco pinpointed in alleged $200M bid-rigging scandalDr Roodal Moonilal, former EMBD (Estate Management an...
23/10/2017
Dr Moonilal, Kallco pinpointed in alleged $200M bid-rigging scandal

Dr Moonilal, Kallco pinpointed in alleged $200M bid-rigging scandal

Dr Roodal Moonilal, former EMBD (Estate Management and Business Development Company Limited) CEO Gary Parmassar, and three others have been accused of bid-rigging and ‘cartel behaviour’ in the handing out of several contracts during Dr Moonilal’s tenure as housing minister, amounting to over $200 million in payments.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.looptt.com/content/dr-moonilal-kallco-pinpointed-alleged-200m-bid-rigging-scandal

Dr Roodal Moonilal, former EMBD (Estate Management and Business Development Company Limited) CEO Gary Parmassar, and three others have been accused of bid-rigging and ‘ca

Let's move! - Contractor donates excavators to clean riversCONTRACTOR Ashmead Ali has called on fellow businesspeople to...
21/10/2017
Let's move! - Contractor donates excavators to clean rivers

Let's move! - Contractor donates excavators to clean rivers

CONTRACTOR Ashmead Ali has called on fellow businesspeople to donate some of their equipment to clearing watercourse sin their area in an attempt to negate the level of catastrophic flooding happening in Trinidad.

In a Facebook post, Ali, who also donated a 5,000 tonne-capacity barge to the Dominican hurricane relief effort, wrote: “Trinidad , our country needs our help. Many contractors, like myself, have heavy equipment like excavators parked up for the last 2 years. Let us adopt a segment of a river channel and clean the rivers in our area”.

He stated that the country could not afford to have homes being damaged every time there was a passing Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) or “dark cloud”.

Ali said he would start by using two of his excavators in his area.

“Let's get a move on” he stated.

SOURCE: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20171020/news/lets-move-contractor-donates-excavators-to-clean-rivers

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Town and Country to crack down on illegal developmentsThe Town and Country Planning Division intends to crack down on pe...
21/10/2017
Town and Country to crack down on illegal developments

Town and Country to crack down on illegal developments

The Town and Country Planning Division intends to crack down on people constructing properties that are in contravention of its standards and regulations.

This, as massive flooding affected several areas following heavy rainfall across Trinidad over the last few days.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday afternoon, TCPD director Clyde Watche noted that many properties in flood-prone areas do not meet the TCPD's standards.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.looptt.com/content/town-and-country-crack-down-illegal-developments

The Town and Country Planning Division intends to crack down on people constructing properties that are in contravention of its standards and regulations. This, a

AG's office introduces digitisation of National Land Registry in TTThe Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affair...
21/10/2017
AG's office introduces digitization of National Land Registry in TT

AG's office introduces digitisation of National Land Registry in TT

The Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus signed a new agreement to begin the digitisation of the National Land Registry in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.looptt.com/content/ags-office-introduces-digitization-national-land-registry-tt

The Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus signed a new agreement to begin the digitization of the

Kublalsingh: abandoned highway construction partly to blame for floodsDr Wayne Kublalsingh believes the now abandoned De...
21/10/2017
Kublalsingh: abandoned highway construction partly to blame for floods

Kublalsingh: abandoned highway construction partly to blame for floods

Dr Wayne Kublalsingh believes the now abandoned Debe to Mon Desir highway construction project has been a contributing factor to the floods in Penal, Debe and surrounding areas.

The Developmental Economist who led the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM) against that project, said though weather patterns have changed, manmade actions, namely the construction of the highway through the Oropouche lagoon has aggravated the situation.

Dr Kublalsingh staged two hunger strikes in protest of this construction which was abandoned in 2015 when the People’s National Movement took office.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.looptt.com/content/kublalsingh-abandoned-highway-construction-partly-blame-floods

Dr Wayne Kublalsingh believes the now abandoned Debe to Mon Desir highway construction project has been a contributing factor to the floods in Penal, Debe and surrounding

Ministry working to clear landslidesMany areas are still inundated with flood waters following heavy rains over the last...
21/10/2017
Ministry working to clear landslides

Ministry working to clear landslides

Many areas are still inundated with flood waters following heavy rains over the last two days associated with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan told LoopTT that a number of landslips have been reported, however, affected roadways like the North Coast Road heading to Maracas are not closed off.

He said emergency crews are in Moruga and other areas working to maintain traffic flow.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.looptt.com/content/ministry-working-clear-landslides

Many areas are still inundated with flood waters following heavy rains over the last two days associated with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Works and Tra

Heavy rainfall damage roofs, flood homes in ArimaTwo homes have received major structural damage in Arima, while several...
21/10/2017
Heavy rainfall damage roofs, floods homes in Arima

Heavy rainfall damage roofs, flood homes in Arima

Two homes have received major structural damage in Arima, while several others had to undergo minor repairs following Wednesday’s heavy showers.

Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian and the Arima Borough Council have been touring several parts of the borough to assist those who have been affected with the help of the Arima Borough Corporation and Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service.
http://www.looptt.com/content/heavy-rainfall-damages-roofs-floods-homes-arima
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Two homes have received major structural damage in Arima, while several others had to undergo minor repairs following Wednesday’s heavy showers.  Mayor Lisa Morri

Chaguanas mayor sends warning: Illegal structures must come downThe Chaguanas Borough Corporation (CBC) has started crac...
20/10/2017
Chaguanas mayor sends warning: Illegal structures must come down

Chaguanas mayor sends warning: Illegal structures must come down

The Chaguanas Borough Corporation (CBC) has started cracking down on errant business people who constructed buildings or had added annexes to existing structures without necessary approvals. The borough published a list of 50 business people and individuals in the daily newspapers as having “unauthorised structures or buildings.”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2011/09/29/chaguanas-mayor-sends-warning-illegal-structures-must-come-down

We hope this went according to plan...

The Chaguanas Borough Corporation (CBC) has started cracking down on errant business people who constructed buildings or had added annexes to existing structures without necessary approvals. The borough published a list of 50 business people and individuals in the daily newspapers as having “unautho...

SWAMPEDLarge sections of Trinidad were swamped yesterday by flood waters which continued to rise in certain areas follow...
20/10/2017
SWAMPED - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

SWAMPED

Large sections of Trinidad were swamped yesterday by flood waters which continued to rise in certain areas following over 24 hours of non-stop rainfall which began on Wednesday.

As a result, the Meteorological Service yesterday maintained its riverine flood alert for Trinidad especially as the Caroni River burst its banks shortly after midday. In its 9.12 am bulletin, the Met Office advised that as opposed to street and flash flooding, riverine flooding is more prolonged and widespread.

READ MORE HERE: http://newsday.co.tt/2017/10/19/flood-alert-stays-in-effect-tobago-sailings-disrupted/

SWAMPED

...Contractors quiet on Young’s collusion claimsFIVE major contractors alleged to be part of a cartel were tight-lipped ...
17/10/2017
...Contractors quiet on Young’s collusion claims *

...Contractors quiet on Young’s collusion claims

FIVE major contractors alleged to be part of a cartel were tight-lipped on statements made by Minister in the Office of the Attorney General Stuart Young yesterday.

Young said the Government filed claims against five contractors — TN Ramnauth and Company, Mootilal Ramhit and Sons Construction, Namalco Group of Companies, Kall Co Ltd and Fides Ltd alleging cartel behaviour, bribery, collusion, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance and unlawful means conspiracy.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20171016/news/contractors-quiet-on-young8217s-collusion-claims

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FIVE major contractors alleged to be part of a cartel were tight-lipped on statements made by ...

$200 million scandalAlleging bid-rigging and cartel-like behaviour in the award of 10 contracts worth $200 million in pr...
17/10/2017
$200 million scandal - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

$200 million scandal

Alleging bid-rigging and cartel-like behaviour in the award of 10 contracts worth $200 million in projects for the Estate Management Business Development Company Limited (EMBD, Minister in the Office of the Attorney General (AG) Stuart Young yesterday announced legal action against five contractors.

He also vowed legal action against former housing minister Dr Roodal Moonilal as the then EMBD line minister for alleged breach of his fiduciary duties to act honestly and in good faith. Lawsuits are also being filed in the United States.

READ MORE HERE: http://newsday.co.tt/2017/10/17/200-million-scandal/

$200 million scandal

China unveils US$15Bn mega bridgeThe idea of building a bridge over the Caribbean Sea to connect Trinidad with Tobago is...
17/10/2017
China unveils US$15Bn mega bridge

China unveils US$15Bn mega bridge

The idea of building a bridge over the Caribbean Sea to connect Trinidad with Tobago is not a new one.

However, it may not be one that the current administration is troubling itself with at the moment.

As Opposition Leader in 2015, Dr Keith Rowley said no amount of money in the Western Hemisphere and no engineering known to man could pay for or build such a bridge which would have to at least be 30 kilometres long.

READ MORE HERE:http://guardian.co.tt/news/2017-10-16/china-unveils-us15bn-mega-bridge

The idea of building a bridge over the Caribbean Sea to connect Trinidad with Tobago is not a new one. However, it may not be one that the current administration is troubling itself with at the moment. As Opposition Leader in 2015, Dr Keith Rowley said no amount of money in the Western Hemisphere an...

17/10/2017
Cartel behaviour

Young: State going after Moonilal, 5 firms
Cartel behaviour

Former housing minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, former Estate Management and Business Development Company Ltd (EMBD) CEO Gary Parmassar and five contractors will be facing civil action as Government moves to recover some $203 million which was allegedly obtained through white-collar crime.

READ MORE HERE: http://guardian.co.tt/news/2017-10-16/cartel-behaviour

Former housing minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, former Estate Management and Business Development Company Ltd (EMBD) CEO Gary Parmassar and five contractors will be facing civil action as Government moves to recover some $203 million which was allegedly obtained through white-collar crime. Documents in…

Land for Landless programme scrappedSquatters can now buy landA number of people holding Certificates of Comfort for squ...
12/10/2017
Squatters can now buy land

Land for Landless programme scrapped
Squatters can now buy land

A number of people holding Certificates of Comfort for squatter sites developed by the Land Settlements Agency (LSA) will now be invited to buy the land at a premium of 25 per cent of its market value.

Housing Minister Randall Mitchell disclosed this yesterday in Parliament while giving an update on squatter regularisation during the 2018 Budget debate

READ MORE HERE: http://guardian.co.tt/news/2017-10-09/squatters-can-now-buy-land

A number of people holding Certificates of Comfort for squatter sites developed by the Land Settlements Agency (LSA) will now be invited to buy the land at a premium of 25 per cent of its market value. Housing Minister Randall Mitchell disclosed this yesterday in Parliament while giving an update on...

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