Housing and Urban Development Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal says peace has returned to several crime hotspots across the country because of quality houses provided by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC). Moonilal was speaking at the presentation of keys ceremony for 253 successful applicants for houses at Greenvale Park, La Horquetta, yesterday. The ceremony marked the culmination of the presentation of keys to 1,000 new homeowners across the country for Christmas.
He said many of the HDC projects the PP Government inherited from the former PNM administration were being constructed in crime hotspots. Moonilal said now there was “peace in La Horquetta. We have peace indeed in Laventille, in Morvant, in Beetham, areas that were synonymous with crime. We have had months and months of peaceful existence in these communities driven by the HDC and our policy to build peace for economic prosperity.”
He said the Government had constructed more than 6,000 units, with an additional 7,000 expected to be constructed in the next 12 to 24 months. The minister said the HDC had worked with the police and the Defence Force to implement strategies to make the communities safe. He appealed to the new homeowners to keep an eye out for anyone or group which might be a security threat to the community.
Moonilal said ministers did not need any material gifts from citizens but he urged constituents to remember their MP Jairam Seemungal in prayer.