Monday, November 18th, 2019 one might argue could have been one of the most eventful days in Barbadian history, from the compulsory acquisition by Government of the site which housed a 25-year-old business more commonly known as the Liquidation Centre, owned by the Ram Mirchandani family, to the dry taps and island-wide blackouts which forced early closure of public schools and drove business virtually to a halt .
But before we rattle off what happened yesterday lets take it one bite at a time.
Let us begin with the Liquidation Centre saga.
The property in which the Liquidation Centre is located forms part of the tourism footprint identified by Government for a number of new hotel developments, including a previously controversial Hotel project. The government acquired the land through the compulsory acquisition process of Parliament, with which the Attorney General said in a statement over the weekend, that a notice to acquire the site had been served on the owners since March of this year with a November 4th deadline to turn the property over to Government.
The family had since asked the government for an extension to January 2020 which was then denied on the grounds that the company had been given more than enough time to complete its relocation.
After several meetings and court hearings, on Friday the 15th of November the owners of the property were given final notice to vacate the property forthwith upon Government taking active possession as of yesterday.
In totally isolated incidents the island for some time has been plagued with water shortages and outages in varying parts of the island primarily in the Scotland district. Many of the water-related issues have been pointed to ruptured mains, pump damage due to electrical surges and climate drought.
Whatever the real issue, many Barbadians took to social media to air their frustrations to seemingly no adequate avail.
Likewise, the electrical supply, especially on the westward side of the country leaves much to be desired, where one or two outages per month were becoming a norm.
In a statement issued last week the lone Utility company on the island said via their Instagram that they were experiencing issues with their heavy fuel oil generators due to fuel equipment failure caused by apparent contaminants in the fuel, based on laboratory analyses.
These compounding issues all came to a climax yesterday as it has been reported numerous households were without water and electricity simultaneously
for extended periods. (NB)