The Food Basket Supermarket has been an institution in Chaguanas for many years and is well known to persons travelling along the Butler Highway as a landmark that identifies the area. The supermarket is popular with a large part of the Central population and is a great loss to this close knit community.
In light of the current economic times we are urging other businesses in the Chaguanas area to work together to absorb the 60 employees who have lost their jobs and will now be facing tough times. The Chamber will liaise with the owners of the supermarket to see how we can aid in facilitating this.
We also take this opportunity to congratulate the Fire Service officers who worked so quickly to curb the spread of the fire. The officers worked for long and tedious hours and were there into the night ensuring that the fire did not rekindle and spread. With the number of businesses in the area we are well aware that an even bigger disaster could have occurred there and we know that despite all the challenges they are regularly faced with, our Fire Service officers can be counted on to give their all to ensure that no life is lost and damage is minimized.
The Central Division Police must also be highly commended for the work they did in controlling the traffic along the highway and within Chaguanas. As we all know, Chaguanas traffic is a nightmare at the best of times and it is no easy task to keep traffic flowing especially when a business is so centrally located and is near to a major entrance and exit to and from the town centre.
What this all points to is the need for a proper evacuation plan for the town of Chaguanas and the CCIC is calling for all stakeholders to work together to put together such a plan as quickly and as soon as possible. The city centre is widening beyond the Chaguanas Main Road and more and more businesses are settling in our town.
Given the difficult traffic issues and the high density business and housing settlements we face challenges from both man-made and natural disasters and it is important that we deal with the issue of disaster management plan sooner rather than later. Our lives and our livelihoods depend on it.
- Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce