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Huts at Knolly’s Tunnel burn

The huts situated at the top of the popular Knolly’s Tunnel in Tabaquite, have been destroyed by fire.

The huts went up in flames on Saturday afternoon.

The Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation says the fire was deliberately set.

This footage below was sent to us by a viewer, Stephan McConnie, who said that those who were there at the time called the Fire Services but that the nearest fire station is all the way in Chagaunas.

The huts were made of thatched leaves.

ABOUT KNOLLY’S TUNNEL

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Press Release from: Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation

“I just want to let those vandals know, or rather, “vandal” is too good a word to use. I just want to let those miscreants know that if they feel they have done something good by committing the crime they did over the weekend that it is not over.

This tunnel, which is over one hundred years old is a treasure not only in the Tabaquite area but also in the wider Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Region.

Out of the ashes of the fire which was viciously set on Saturday, this beautification project will rise again! We shall not allow those who have no appreciation for beauty or their historical legacy know that we shall continue to move ahead with this venture.

Those who cannot appreciate their past shall never learn from it. Those who cannot learn from the past, shall, in turn, never be able to move ahead into a worthwhile future because they lack the vision in order to do so.

We invite various stakeholders, both governmental, NGOs and private interests to assist the Regional Corporation to preserve and promote this gem known as Knolly’s Tunnel. Saturday, they destroyed the huts, next, who knows? Will they destroy the tunnel itself? I am calling on the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago to issue a statement or take a stand for sites such as these. The Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Community Development, Culture, and the Arts, please take interest in this most important of sites and let us not lose it to vandals and those who place no value on the past.

Both private and public interests, please come on board with us! Over the past two years, the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation has been exhausting quite a lot of resources in order to restore this site so that it can leave an indelible impression on visitors near and far. Join the CTTRC. We need your help to make it so once again!

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