The various urban terminals, as part of the Metro Express project, were the subject yesterday morning’s Private Notice Question. The exchanges between the Leader of the Opposition and Minister Anwar Husnoo were courteous.
However, the Speaker of the National Assembly did not appreciate a gesture by Xavier-Luc Duval which he considered to be a lack of respect. For Sooroojdev Phokeer, this gesture made by the Leader of the Opposition when he asked him to put his question was tantamount to a lack of respect. He said in three occasions that he will take sanctions in case of repetition.
During the PNQ, Shakeel Mohamed was sent off. He made some remarks while the Speaker was threatening to take sanctions.
In his opening response, Minister Anwar Husnoo explained the problems encountered with the construction of the urban terminals in Rose-Hill, Quatre-Bornes, Vacoas and Curepipe. However, in the first instance, Xavier-Luc Duval turned his attention to the former street vendors who have been given a stall at Victoria Urban Terminal. For him, the price is high and the space is limited.
Anwar Husnoo explained that a study had been carried out before the stalls were granted. He added that hawkers used to work in difficult conditions. He admitted that half of them had not accepted the stall they had been granted.
Discussions also focused on the fact that there had been several Request for Proposals for the Rose-Hill urban terminal, and that a request for an extension had been received for the Quatre-Bornes terminal.