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Posted: December 07, 2005
The Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation came into existence via Act No. 21 of 1990, which was amended in Act No.8 of 1992. Under the jurisdiction of the Corporation, exists a population of approximately 148,324 in an area spanning 71,984 hectares.
The Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Council consists of 12 Councillors and 2 Aldermen within 12 electoral districts. The Corporation is headed by a Chairman, Deputy Chairman and 12 Councillors. The Board of Directors operates to make decisions and create policies with regard to infrastructural projects in the Region.
The general function of the Regional Corporation is to improve the development of the region through social, cultural, recreational and sporting activities. Other improvements are made infrastructurally by the cleaning, maintaining, upgrading and construction of roads, drains, recreational grounds, schools, cremation sites and historical sites. Other developments concerning the maintenance of public health headed by the Public Health Department are the cleaning of drains, the collection and disposal of household garbage, the inspection of domestic and commercial sewer system construction and the distribution of potable water to households. The Corporation also encourages public participation in community building activities such as the development and maintenance of recreational grounds, pavilions and cultural activity sites. Additionally, the Corporation provides temporary employment to both skilled and unskilled persons within the community and supports persons engaged in agriculture through the creation and maintenance of access roads and through the sale of produce and meat at the market. The Corporation also helps in the planning and execution of disaster preparedness in collaboration with other agencies.
Recent events that took place that are perceivably beneficial to the region were the Corporation Week and the Sugar and Energy festival. This year, on the 15th Anniversary of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation was the first time that Corporation Week was celebrated. Celebrations took place on the 4th and 5th October and on the 6th was an Ďall foursí competition which aimed at bringing members of the Corporation together.
The Sugar and Energy Festival was held on Republic Day (September 24th) to October 9th. This was a joint effort of the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce and the Couva/Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corporation. According to the Chairman of the Events Committee, Mr. Imraz Ali, the festival is designed to encourage unity among community members, to better the economic growth of the country and to provide an avenue for community residents to express themselves via the different activities held during this two week period. The Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce is responsible for the Sugar and Energy Festival while the Corporation assists in the preparation for the festival. Additionally, this project aims at getting people in the area as well as the national community to witness the development of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo region. The festival also aims at helping promote employment by displaying the different sectors in sugar and energy and by exposing the youth to activities such as sports and cultural activities.
Finally, some of the major goals of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) include: the opening of windows for potential business within the region, helping to facilitate the businesses already in existence, furthering developments in agriculture and reinforcing community spirit by the development of cultural, sporting and recreational activities. Other objectives of the Corporation are: structures for tax and rates collection and eventually removing the Tabaquite and Talparo districts from the control of the Corporation. While many developments are underway, there is hope that all plans for development soon come to fruition.
A Brief History of Couva
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo: Ambitions for Community Development
Mr. Imraz Ali, the Chairperson of the Events Committee for the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, has shed some light on the workings of this bureaucratic organization with regards to its aims and function.
Couva Photo Album: