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Old April 1st, 2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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TAROUBA | Brian Lara Cricket Academy | 15,000 seats | Com

BRIAN LARA STADIUM
Tarouba


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Envisaged to be the focal point for the development of future world class cricketers, the Brian Lara Cricket Academy will offer students, coaches and fans not only a platform for viewing matches, but a training facility that will define the cultivation of future cricket giants, such as the Academy's name's sake Brian Charles Lara, Trinidad's world record setting batsman and former
captain of the West Indies
Cricket Team.

Located just fifteen minutes north of the nation's energy capital; the city of San Fernando, the Brian Lara Cricket Academy will be the first state-of-the-art cricket training facility to be constructed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. The approximately 100,000 sq ft Academy will
include many noteworthy
features such as:

A stadium with a total seating capacity of 15,000;

First-class media tower;

Training rooms;

Club seating, lounges and executive boxes;

Exhibition space;

A public access road to the facility;

Parking for private vehicles and specific parking areas to encourage the use of public transport to access the venue;

Practice pitches; and

Quick drain, professional grade cricket pitch.

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Falling at first hurdle
Fazeer Mohammed
September 8, 2006


"Ent Brian does be late half the time? So what you expect from a stadium with he name on it?"

The words of an avowed Lara fan yesterday rang true, and I should hasten to add that said worshipper of the "Prince" pointed out forcefully that it didn't really matter how, when and in what condition his hero turned up, the records reveal that, more often than not, he has delivered at a level that most of the timely, disciplined and very organised around him have failed to even approach.

If only the latest issue of World Cup preparation was about the player and not the construction site in Tarouba. Before going any further, let's put this in its proper perspective. No matches of the actual 2007 World Cup were ever scheduled for Tarouba. All six fixtures of the preliminary group based in Trinidad are to be played at the refurbished Queen's Park Oval, involving India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda.

The new stadium was supposed to come into the picture for warm-up matches in January and February involving Pakistan, South Africa, Canada and Scotland. So it may not seem to be that big of a deal, especially as the local organisers maintain that the ICC inspectors - who were expected to administer the kiss of death to "Lara" yesterday-have expressed "satisfaction" with alternative venues at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain and the UWI ground in St Augustine.

It seems a huge step down from a spanking new stadium to considerably more modest facilities for official one-day internationals, particularly involving such high-profile teams as Pakistan and South Africa, but the LOC people say the big boys are reasonably happy, so let's go with that.

What doesn't change, however, is that one of the fundamental reasons given for the haste to construct the cricketing aspect of a staggeringly-expensive multi-sport facility is that it was going to be part of the "Brown" World Cup package hosted by Trinidad and Tobago.

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Two weeks grace for Brian Lara Stadium
Mark Pouchet
September 8, 2006

The International Cricket Council (ICC) experts will review a new construction schedule before announcing a final decision in about two weeks as to whether the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba will be used for the World Cup next year.

That was the statement coming from Don Lockerbie, the ICC venue development director, as he and his team of inspectors from the ICC and Global Cricket Corporation completed their sixth tour since 2004 of the local facilities to be used in the build-up and during the World Cup that starts in March.

Plagued by inclement weather and delays in the delivery of steel, the Tarouba ground is in danger of losing its status as a pre-tournament venue that will host warm-up matches including Pakistan, South Africa, Canada and Scotland in January and February.

On Wednesday, Anand Daniel, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive officer, claimed it would be "unlikely" that the "Lara", part of the Government's planned $850-million elite sports complex at Tarouba, would be ready to be handed over to the ICC by the deadline date of November 30.

Lockerbie concurred with that assessment. "The Brian Lara Stadium is certainly behind schedule and Cricket World Cup (CWC) does have to make a decision about where we go," he stated. "We were there today and received a positive report from the technical team on site that they re-arranged their schedule. But there is no doubt that a full and complete Brian Lara Stadium will not be finished 100 per cent for CWC."

Doubt was also cast on whether the first temporary plan-the use of France-based firm GL Events-would be able to get the job done with temporary seating, the kind which they have utilised in the past at the FIFA World Cup and IOC Olympic events. "What we have to do is determine whether or not enough of the stadium is going be finished so that we can come in with our temporary measures, which we have looked at as an option," Lockerbie explained. "If GL events, which is supplying temporary overlay throughout the region for the World Cup, can do anything at the Lara Stadium to make it ready."

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Brian Lara stadium exits World Cup
Mark Pouchet
September 21, 2006

The Brian Lara Stadium, in Trinidad, has officially lost its status as a pre-tournament warm-up match venue for the World Cup 2007.

This was announced first by Roger Boynes, the Minister of Sport, before Chris Dehring, the managing director and CEO for the West Indies World Cup, confirmed the final decision that was handed down after a two-week extension. He added that either Guaracara Park or the Sir Frank Worrell Ground in St Augustine will replace the "Lara", part of the PNM's planned $850 million elite sports complex in Tarouba.

The final fate of the problematic Brian Lara Stadium, several months behind schedule and beset by delays caused by inclement weather and the tardy delivery of steel to the site, confirmed doubts that had arisen several months earlier about the ability of the contractors to meet key ICC deadlines.

In what was to be his definitive visit two weeks ago, Lockerbie, along with ICC and Global Cricket Corporation inspectors, decided to give his officials a two-week grace period to review a belatedly re-arranged schedule for completion of the troubled ground.

Boynes said that despite this, the government suggested that the "Lara" be replaced. "UDeCoTT [Urban Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago] had been working very hard to try to push this project along but it was felt that the facility was not within the timelines that the ICC set up specifically for completion," Boynes reasoned.

"While we have been assured by UDecott that they could present something by December, we feel that the image that we want, the complete stadium that we want because we will be on show and the whole world will be looking at it, the government of Trinidad and Tobago [T&T] has formally recommended that the Brian Lara Stadium be taken off the table."

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Brian Lara Stadium not to be used for World Cup
Mark Pouchet
September 7, 2006

No play will be possible at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba for the warm-up matches of the World Cup 2007.

But CEO of the local organising committee (LOC), Anand Daniel, stated that this country will still host those matches which will be shifted to either the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva or the UWI ground in St Augustine.

With ICC and Global Cricket Corporation (GCC) inspectors, headed by ICC CWC's venue development director Don Lockerbie, bearing down on Tarouba for thorough and decisive inspections today, from 8:45 a.m., the "Lara", part of the PNM's planned $850 million elite sports complex at Tarouba, is likely to receive the thumbs down from the ICC inspectors.

"The Brian Lara Stadium is unlikely to be ready enough to be handed over to the ICC by November 30," Daniel admitted. "The ICC inspectors are coming with their construction experts and they know from the weather patterns and from the comparison with other regional venues that we are several months behind and so, it is very unlikely that we will be able to catch up, if not impossible."

On Tuesday, Lockerbie reported that the rain had been "devastating" to the progress of the construction of the Stadium, and that the ground was in danger of losing its status as a pre-tournament venue. The threat is now reality.

The bane of the completion of the project, which is being overseen by the Urban Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (UdeCoTT), has been inclement weather and a prolonged delay in the delivery of steel.

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Trinidad's high-cost centre
Fazeer Mohammed
July 5, 2007

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Every now and then it's a nice challenge to take a stab at the impossible, like assessing the merits and demerits of the Brian Lara Stadium (and the High Performance Centre) without most readers seeing it through politically-tinted lenses.
I suppose it's inevitable that, in this doltish season leading up to the next general election, those on one side of the floor will seek out every single opportunity to make political capital at the expense of their opponents. And when it comes to that construction site at Tarouba, the proponents of the intended high-tech facility are not offering a watertight defence of a project that still remains unclear to the general public.

As top officials of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee have emphasised in justifying their endorsement of what will surely be a billion-dollar investment by the time it's over, it is the concept of a fully-functional elite training centre that they support. Whether those responsible for the actual construction will remain loyal to that concept is another matter entirely, and it has to be said that the government of the day isn't exactly covering itself in glory by providing enough information that would make absolute nonsense of all the inflammatory rhetoric that claims the whole thing is a scandalous waste of taxpayers' money, even in the midst of an unprecedented economic windfall.

There can really be no legitimate argument against the wisdom of using some of that oil revenue to provide state-of-the-art facilities that would serve to uplift the overall standard of sporting competition in this country in the long term, while at the same time satisfying the immediate objectives of the country's top performers in their quest to tackle the best in the world without having to rely on training centres abroad.

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Brian Lara Stadium continues to attract flak
Cricinfo staff
January 14, 2008

Trinidad's Brian Lara Stadium should be completed before year end, according to Gary Hunt, Trinidad & Tobago's sports minister.

Work on the stadium has been behind schedule for months and the whole project has attracted considerable criticism. Hunt said that it was 80% complete but would not give an exact date when it was expected to be finished.

"The contractors indicated that the facility would be finished this year, but to give you an exact date, I do not have that," he said. "I have to consult more closely with the contractors to supply a very accurate date ... and even in today's terms, you know that is subject to many conditions as we see in the construction industry today."

Opposition MPs have attacked what they have described as the "rampant corruption and financial mismanagement" of the project, but Hunt denied these charges.

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Tarouba stadium steel ‘condemned’
By Andre Bagoo Sunday, March 22 2009

THE STRUCTURAL steelwork on the $900 million Brian Lara Stadium project at Tarouba “is effectively condemned”, according to a report into the Udecott project prepared by Gerry McCaffrey, the construction expert hired by the Uff Commission of Inquiry whose future participation in the inquiry has now been cast in doubt.

According to McCaffrey’s initial report into the project dated February 20, the main contractor for the project, Hafeez Karamath Limited (HKL) ignored 300 “stop orders” for work on the project. McCaffrey concluded that issues of “quality control” and of the inability of Udecott to enforce the terms of the contract for the project have contributed to delays on the project.

“I am advised that HKL have received hundreds of stop-orders for defective work,” McCaffrey wrote. “For example, I am advised that HKL ignore stop-orders to the extent that, as at January 2009, the structural steelwork (which was progressed in the face of around 300 stop-orders) is effectively condemned.”

In his report, the British consultant of the firm Acutus, raised a series of serious questions over work done on the project and undertook to return to Trinidad and Tobago this month to further his investigations on behalf of the inquiry. But his future participation is now unlikely because of the failure of the Office of the Prime Minister to approve further funding for him to continue his work.

McCaffrey’s initial report, submitted to the inquiry in February, had also effectively cleared former Housing Minister Dr Keith Rowley of any wrongdoing in relation to the Cleaver Heights project. He had concluded that there was “smoke” surrounding the project but this was “unlikely to be masking mischief.”

The Actus expert further noted that the steel was tested and two testing companies gave the steelwork failure rates averaging 78.5 percent.

“Two separate independent testing companies tested a significant representative proportion of the welds. The average failure rate of both independent tests is 78.5 percent.” McCaffrey expressed a desire to examine this aspect of the project in further detail, but said he was unable to.

“I have asked Udecott for a position statement on this issue. I understand zero roof welds have been inspected/tested. Access was not made available,” he noted in his preliminary report. McCaffrey also noted a series of findings into the structural works on the project contained in a separate report which was prepared by structural engineer Arun Buch. The Buch report, according to McCaffrey, contained allegations that there were problems of “mistakes in design assumptions”, “material incompleteness of design” and an issue of “inexperienced designers proposing impractical construction details having undue complexity”.

Udecott lawyers in the inquiry have argued that the Buch report is subject to legal privilege. While the report was submitted to the inquiry, Udecott asked that it be treated in a strictly confidential manner. In a letter dated March 2, attorneys for Udecott asked the commissioners to confirm that “copies of the Arun Buch (report) have not been disseminated beyond the custody and control of the commissioners” and to ensure that “no copies remain in the possession of the commission”.

But in addition to noting issues raised by the Buch report, McCaffrey went on to list a series of problems that may account for delays in the completion of the stadium which was hoped for completion in March 2007. These included: (a) insufficient design resource base on the site because the designers worked in a different country; (b) disagreement in design interface arising from contractors proposals, (c) replacement of project managers Turner Alpha with Genivar in July 2008, (d) insufficient resources being applied to available workforces, (e) failure of designers to be sufficiently responsive in addressing site queries, (f) ground conditions differing from that assumed. McCaffrey complained that Udecott files for the project were in disarray at the time of his initial investigation in January and that this stymied his examination of several issues, including the payment of advances to HKL. To date, HKL have been paid $410 million, according to McCaffrey.

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PM: Tarouba stadium in four months

By SEAN DOUGLAS Thursday, May 7 2009

PRIME Minister Patrick Manning told Newsday the Brian Lara Stadium at Tarouba is due to be finished in four months time. Speaking after a news conference following a tour of the Academy of Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain, Manning said he visited the Tarouba site yesterday morning and effused to Newsday, “That’s next!”.

Earlier, Manning told reporters he yesterday met Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma to discuss November’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Port-of-Spain. “Things are very largely on track,” he said.

Saying lessons from the Fifth Summit of the Americas would now be applied, he said, “I expect the CHOGM to be even better”. He said the CHOGM opening ceremony would be held at the academy.

Manning hoped that after people see the Academy for Performing Arts, the Port-of-Spain Waterfront Complex and the new Interchange on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, they would better be able to understand Government’s vision for a developed nation.

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‘Scandalous, national disaster’
By ANDRE BAGOO Monday, April 5 2010



THE BEHIND schedule $885 million Brian Lara Stadium project at Tarouba is “nothing short of scandalous”; “a disaster”; “a national disgrace” and raises “serious alarm” the chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Udecott Professor John Uff, QC, has found.

In his final report handed in to President George Maxwell Richards, which has been obtained by Newsday, Uff details a litany of problems at the project, including the decision of Udecott: to award contracts for the project to Hafeez Karamath Limited, to pay HKL millions for the mobilisation of materials without checks as to the material’s existence; to overpay HKL and the failure of Udecott to adequately explain discrepancies to the tens of millions in Udecott’s payment certificates unearthed by inquiry expert Gerry Mc Caffrey.

In addition to recommending a full investigation by law enforcement authorities into former Udecott executive chairman Calder Hart and the entire Udecott board in relation to the project, he calls for the contractor, HKL, to be fired immediately.

“The faith shown by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in placing this project in the hands or Udecott was misplaced,” Uff wryly concludes. “Udecott was out of its depth.” But that was Uff at his most generous. He notes three damning findings by Mc Caffrey in relation to the project, namely: of 79 certificates issued for advances he surveyed only four correctly recorded the amount of repayments; Udecott decided to back-fit payment certificates, with each being endorsed by two signatories; and the firm under-reported advances “by tens of millions of dollars for the vast majority of the duration of the project.”

He noted that there appeared to be “unprecedented and excessively favourable conditions” imposed by Udecott in relation to HKL advances.

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$200m more to finish Brian Lara Stadium
By Susan Mohammed South Bureau
Story Created: Jun 7, 2011 at 11:44 PM ECT
Story Updated: Jun 7, 2011 at 11:44 PM ECT


WITH over $900 million already spent on the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Tarouba, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said yesterday it may cost as much as $200 million more to fix.
Whether the stadium would ever be open is still to be decided, and the enormous expenditure on the controversial project, managed by the then Calder Hart-led Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT), would take decades to recover, said Moonilal.
Moonilal saw an overgrown cricket field, flooded locker rooms, incomplete ceilings, and several cracked unpainted walls during the visit. Construction began in May 2005, with an initial cost estimate of $275 million.
The stadium, with a capacity of 17,000, was to be completed before the hosting of the Cricket World Cup in 2007 but was hit with multiple delays and cost overruns.
Moonilal yesterday toured the site with UDeCOTT chairman Jearlean John, board member Glen Parmassar, and project manager Gerard Niles.
The group had earlier visited a housing development site at Princes Town, and the South Academy for the Performing Arts and Chancery Lane Administrative Complex, San Fernando.

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By CAROL MATROO (Newsday)
Sunday, June 19 2011

The Brian Lara Cricket Stadium was the first phase of what was supposed to serve as a billion-dollar multi-purpose complex in Tarouba, South Trinidad.

When it was conceptualised in 2003 by the former People’s National Movement regime under Prime Minister Patrick Manning, it was originally budgeted at $272 million.

To date, and after $1.1 billion in expenditure, the stadium has not been completed, and it is uncertain whether it will, or can reach the finished stage to accommodate spectators and cricketers alike.

Describing the construction of the seemingly ill-fated project as “a travesty and disgrace”, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Anil Roberts, a former sports co-ordinator/adviser to former Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Roger Boynes, told the Sunday Newsday that his Government has “no idea whatsoever” when or if the stadium will be completed.

“It all depends on the experts, after they’re finished with that analysis of the readiness, the safety, the structural content, they will dictate. If they say it could be finished in two months, well, all right, but we have to wait for that report. Based on the (John) Uff inquiry, report and analysis of forensic engineer Mr (Gerry) McCaffrey, I would say there is a possibility that it cannot be finished at all,” Roberts said.

“There is one possibility that it could be finished at X amount and there is another possibility, based on the poor workmanship, the poor design, the poor steel work, the poor wells, there is a distinct possibility that it may never be able to be made safe for people to utilise it. And if it is completed at over $1.3 billion, you, your grandchildren, my great grandchildren, would be dead and gone and you could never generate the revenue to pay back for that facility.”

He added, “Remember, it’s people’s lives we’re talking about. When people go to watch a cricket match, 12,000 people jumping and screaming, you have to ensure that the facility that they are in is structurally secure. No responsible government would put people in jeopardy like that.”

Roberts added that even if the stadium was completed there was no way that anybody could make it worth the while, as a stadium of that size would require some $500,000 to $900,000 a month to maintain. He claimed this was the reason he burned his PNM party card in 2005.

Professor John Uff, QC, from the United Kingdom, who was appointed chairman of the Commission of Inquiry that was set up to investigate the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (Udecott) and the construction sector, described the project as “nothing short of scandalous, a disaster, a national disgrace” and raised “serious alarm” during the inquiry proceedings.

McCaffrey was the Scottish construction expert hired to give evidence during the inquiry.

Hafeez Karamath Limited (HKL) meanwhile was at the centre of the questionable payment of millions worth of advances on the project, especially after issues of poor workmanship on the project arose.

In his final report handed in to President George Maxwell Richards, Uff detailed a litany of problems at the project, including the decision of Udecott: to award contracts to and pay HKL millions for the mobilisation of materials without checks as to the materials’ existence, to overpay HKL and the failure of Udecott to adequately explain discrepancies to the tens of millions in Udecott’s payment certificates unearthed by Mc Caffrey during his probe.

Uff’s was a scathing report, and after detailed information was supplied by forensics engineer McCaffrey, he was not rehired by the then PNM government. Former Planning Minister Colm Imbert was on record as saying then that it was too expensive.

The Uff report described the Tarouba Stadium as “an absolute disgrace from start to finish and the worst example of procurement, project management and conceptual design that they had ever seen”.

In addition to recommending a full investigation by law enforcement authorities into former Udecott executive chairman Calder Hart and the entire Udecott board in relation to the project, Uff called for the contractor, HKL, to be fired immediately.

Udecott, a special purpose company set up by the Manning regime to oversee major government projects, is again under scrutiny, this time by Canadian forensic expert Bob Lindquist, who arrived in Trinidad on Tuesday.

Lindquist was contracted by the People’s Partnership Government to conduct a two-week forensic probe into the misappropriation of billions of funds from the State-owned Udecott.

Lindquist, a forensic accountant who investigates multi-million dollar white-collar crimes, has visited this country on several occasions to conduct forensic audits. This will be his second investigation of Udecott, as he had been hired by the previous PNM administration in 2009, a fact that was only made public in 2010 by former Attorney General John Jeremie.

Roberts claimed that the order for the construction of the stadium came “from on high”, and that his advice to Boynes that the concept could not work was ignored back then before work started. However, the project fell under the Ministry of Planning, which was headed by former Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis.

“I immediately advised Boynes that this was a concept that could not work. It was wrong, it was a waste of money and we should not go ahead with it. It was not only a cricket stadium, it was budgeted originally at $272 million. It included an aquatic centre, astro-turf hockey pitches, 400-metre running track, dormitories and a cycling track for a total budget of $850 million

“I advised him then that that was a waste of money. If you wanted to spend $850 million in sport we should do it in each and every community across Trinidad and Tobago. He could not listen because it (instruction to construct facility) came from well above,” Roberts said.

He added that his advice to Manning and former Public Administration minister Dr Lenny Saith, against forging ahead with the project, was also ignored back then.

“They concocted several different reasons why it must go ahead. You will then remember Patrick Manning saying first and foremost, the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium was a requirement for the Brown Package for Cricket World Cup 2007. The World Cup has come and gone, we hosted it so that was totally untrue,” Roberts said.

He said there were over 370 stop work orders on the project because of poor wells, poor steel, poor infrastructure and poor foundation, because the type of soil the stadium was built on was not suitable for a project of that size, adding that a feasibility study and soil survey were never done before the start of construction.

The minister said with people’s safety in mind, a full analysis and study of every piece of structure and steel had to be done, costing even more millions of dollars.

The stadium was supposed to be constructed in order for TT to acquire the “Brown Package” for the Cricket World Cup 2007. That package would have seen TT hosting at the Tarouba venue. However, due to the contractor’s failure to complete the venue on time, TT eventually hosted its Group B matches at the Queen’s Park Oval and University of the West Indies ground in St Augustine. Across the Caribbean, however, many Caricom governments – Guyana, Grenada, Antigua, St Kitts – built stadia where the average cost per seat was TT$5,000.




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Tarouba stadium falling apart
...Udecott starts remedial works today
Published:
Monday, February 7, 2011
Radhica Sookraj


The stained, leaking roof of the Brian Lara Stadium. PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH

As a matter of priority, newly-installed chairman of the Urban Development Corporation (Udecott) Jearlean John is planning to investigate whether contractors are still liable to repair infrastructural defects in the construction of the $1 billion Brian Lara stadium. Sources who spoke with the Guardian yesterday revealed that parts of the stadium, which had not been officially handed over to the Government as yet were falling apart. The media tower was leaking badly and some the seats in the pavilion were broken.
An insider source who works at the site said water was gathering in the gym and the VIP lounge and the roof covering the multi-purpose building was built so high that it could not provide shelter for the 15,000 people who are expected to be accommodated. “The seat infrastructure was supposed to be imported, but they built it here and now it is falling apart...The grounds of the stadium are in good condition but the actual building is getting dilapidated,” the source said. Residents of Tarouba, who live on the outskirts of the stadium, said it was frustrating to see the massive cost overruns at the facility, which is located on 180 acres of land.
Gasparillo resident John Charles said: “It is time that the stadium be put to use...It supposed to be open already but if the place falling apart, the contractor has to be held liable.” The stadium was designed by Hellmuth, Obalat & Kassabum, a US architectural firm. The complex was designed to include an aquatic centre, Olympic-size cycling velodrome, indoor gymnasium, school for training of athletes, a large car park, new roads, the Brian Lara Stadium and a cricket academy.
Yesterday, only a few security guards hired by contractor Hafeez Karamath and Company, as well as Udecott security personnel, were seen milling about on the compound. Media workers were not allowed on the premises but evidence of the stained, mossy roof could be spotted from the highway. Last Thursday, Minister of Planning, Economic, Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs Mary King said the final cost for the stadium was put at more than $1 billion, and due to errors on the structure of the stadium that needed to be fixed, the stadium could not be handed over to the Ministry of Sport.

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Government suing Calder Hart for $100M: AG Ramlogan

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan announced on Tuesday that the government is going ahead with a civil fraud case against Calder Hart, the former executive chairman of the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad & Tobago (UDeCOTT).


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"Today, I am pleased to announce that after one and half years of intense investigations and a lot of probing, we have filed the first civil fraud case against Mr. John Calder Hart," Ramlogan told local media.

The legal action is in connection with the still incomplete Brian Lara Stadium Project and Hart's close connection to CH Construction.

Ramlogan said based on the findings of the Uff commission of enquiry into UDeCOTT and the construction sector the Government believes it has more than enough grievances to begin civil action against Hart.

He noted that a pre-action protocol letter was sent to Hart on October 17 last year. He said Hart's attorney responded in a letter dated November 12th saying that Hart was not in a position to give "a considered response" to the allegations against him.

Ramlogan said since there is no further correspondence from Hart's attorney on the matter the Government will take action.

He explained the legal action.

"Mr. Hart is being sued firstly for the construction failure, the mismanagement of that project, and secondly for his breach in fiduciary duty to the Board and the Company that is UDeCOTT, and thirdly he is being sued in connection with concealing his alleged family connections with CH Development Construction Limited who had successfully bid for the Ministry of Legal Affairs Tower."

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