$4 million Drag Mall coming in 2019

The Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment will be­gin con­struc­tion of a $4 mil­lion Drag Mall in the cap­i­tal city next year, Hous­ing Min­is­ter Ed­mund Dil­lon said dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Stand­ing Fi­nance Com­mit­tee ses­sion in Par­lia­ment.

He made the com­ment in re­sponse to ques­tions from Op­po­si­tion MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal on plans for the “de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment of a prop­er­ty” at 43 In­de­pen­dence Square, Port-of-Spain.

Dil­lon said the prop­er­ty was re­ferred to as the “Drag Mall,” which is lo­cat­ed next to New City Mall.

“If you would re­call, there was a fire quite re­cent­ly. That is the build­ing we are talk­ing about,” Dil­lon said.

Mooni­lal told Dil­lon his min­istry had been al­lo­cat­ed $4 mil­lion in the 2019 Bud­get for the de­vel­op­ment of this prop­er­ty, as he in­quired what they in­tend­ed to do with the mon­ey.

Dil­lon said fol­low­ing the Au­gust fire the prop­er­ty, which be­longs to the his min­istry, was deemed un­safe by en­gi­neers and they had to move all of its ten­ants.

“So it’s a ques­tion of de­mo­li­tion and re­con­struc­tion,” Dil­lon said.

Princes Town MP Bar­ry Padarath asked when con­struc­tion of the new Drag Mall will take place.

“I don’t have a time­line, it is based on the de­mo­li­tion and con­struc­tion. But we have catered to start the project in 2019,” Dil­lon replied.

- by Shaliza Hassanali