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CDC Block X Demolition Set For Next Week

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Housing Minister Richard Frederick has announced that all mechanisms are in place for demolishing the CDC Block X building in Castries on Sunday and Monday, October 1 and 2.

“We are hoping that come Tuesday morning, the third of October this year Block X will no longer be a structure that is standing,” Frederick stated.

He said all the occupants were out of the building in a very smooth transition.

“I am sure all of you heard all the brouhaha – all the naysayers were coming with in terms of how government is going to deal with the situation,” Frederick told reporters.

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However, he reiterated that with him holding any ministerial portfolio, whatever is necessary within the law and reasonableness would be done to ensure no one is left behind.

Frederick disclosed that the authorities had put almost all the former CDC Block X tenants in better and in some instances, more expensive premises.

In addition, he said some former occupants have received assistance in constructing their own residences.

The Castries Central MP described the Block X building as structurally challenged, unfit for human habitation, and posing a threat to passersby.

“There were several incidents, no one knows what caused it, but there have been several chunks of concrete just falling from the building,” Frederick told reporters on Monday on the margins of a Cabinet meeting.

He recalled that a child escaped injury.

But the Minister explained that had the child been about three feet ahead, there might have been a fatality.

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  1. This guy always looking for sympathy. Is there needed to mention about child 3 ft and fatality. What u a fortune teller. U god and know what would’ve happen if she was 3 ft. Smh. Always crying and treading on ppl sentiments to get support for what he says. SMH. Block X needs to go because Engineering Report said that it is Structurally Unsound. – Simple. What H elooking for votes for that.

  2. Ok, so if all the CDCs were built in the same year, using the same material then sooner or later all will have the same problem, So I ask “Why aren’t we demolishing all of them to save the other tenants?” Are we that short sighted? Or are we waiting for the disaster to happen first?


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