CH&PA cites Guyana Trac­tor owner for unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion at R’veldt

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

The Cen­tral Hous­ing and Plan­ning Author­ity (CH&PA) said it served no­tice on Sham­nar­ine Narine, of Guyana Trac­tor and Equip­ment Com­pany, about the unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion at Plot ‘HN’ In­dus­trial Re­serve, Plan­ta­tion Ruimveldt on Fri­day.

A press re­lease from the CH&PA said Narine was or­dered to cease all ac­tiv­i­ties (De­vel­op­ment/Con­struc­tion work) with im­me­di­ate ef­fect un­der the Town and Coun­try Plan­ning Act. The no­tice was signed for and re­ceived by an ex­ca­va­tor op­er­a­tor who is in the em­ploy of Narine.

The CH&PA said Narine sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the CH&PA for full ap­proval of Plan­ning Per­mis­sion on April 30th, 2018, to erect a two-storey build­ing for com­mer­cial use as a con­ve­nience store on the ground floor and of­fices on the first floor and to in­stall four fuel pumps and three un­der­ground tanks for kerosene, gaso­line and dieso­line for use as a Gas Sta­tion.

On May 11th, 2018, the re­lease ex­plained, the con­ve­nience store and of­fices were rec­om­mended for ap­proval on the con­di­tion that the de­vel­oper amended plans in ac­cor­dance with rec­om­men­da­tions from the Min­istry of Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture in­di­cat­ing no ac­cess from Man­dela Av­enue. The gas sta­tion was, how­ever, re­jected on the ba­sis that the site is still not ap­pro­pri­ate for such a de­vel­op­ment, since it can­not be ac­cessed from the Man­dela Av­enue, which is the main thor­ough­fare (ac­cess must be from a main thor­ough­fare); and that the pro­posed means of ac­cess (Plum­bago Street and the road­way) are mi­nor streets that can­not func­tion as means of ingress and egress since they are not suitable and in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

The CH&PA also noted that res­i­dents of Shirley Field-Ri­d­ley Square, South Ruimveldt, in a pe­ti­tion to the agency, re­jected the con­struc­tion of the gas sta­tion and the con­ve­nience store and of­fices. Fur­ther, the CH&PA said it is con­cerned with the de­struc­tion that was caused to the road and road shoul­ders by heavy-duty equip­ment used by Narine to drive piles into the ground.

The worker sign­ing for the no­tice

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