Meanwhile, since the November 5, 2007 general elections, PNM party hacks have been given HDC homes all over Trinidad. Case in point, Roy Cape, by no means a scrunter, who was given one in Oropune Gardens, Piarco, a house which, by the way, was earmarked for one of the families displaced by the Piarco Airport expansion.PLEADING
Mohan Bachan and his son Akash at their home in the Caroni Swamp, Charlieville.
Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY
Trinidad And Tobago Express: Feb 18, 2008.
Mohan Bachan says he cannot afford to pay rent. So he has moved his family into a ramshackle house, which he built, in the Caroni Swamp-surrounded by caimans, snakes and frogs and without pipe-borne water or electricity.
"People may say nobody send you there, but I had nowhere else to go. Where I could go with them children?" he questioned.
Bachan, 51, works as a handyman at the Port of Spain General Hospital, has a wife and four children ages two to 16-years-old. He said he once lived with his mother in a house he helped build in El Soccoro, but after family disputes, he left and started renting.
...the rent was raised and he could no longer afford the monthly payments. He was given one month's eviction notice from the place he called his home for ten years.
...he wants his family to have better living conditions but he cannot afford to rent or buy land. ...he did apply to the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) for a house as he has a steady job and can pay the instalments.
"Since last year April we living here and I really want my family out of this situation,..."