Residents protest highway contruction

worldprotestSome residents living in the way of the proposed Debe to Fyzabad segment of the Solomon Hochoy highway extension to Point Fortin on Monday took protest action, blocking roads in and around Penal, Fyzabad and South Oropouche.

The residents are demanding fair and just compensation for their land and homes which must be demolished ahead of the highway construction. The protest action had crippled traffic flow out of the area.

The protest is being led by Edward Moodie, a community liaison officer employed with the National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco), the State company that is overseeing the highway construction.

Moodie’s role in the protest has been questioned by Local Government and Works and Infrastructure Minister Suruj Rambachan, who said the matter would be discussed at a meeting betwen Nidco and residents to be held on Saturday. However, Moodie has countered that his job was to lobby for the residents, who he said were not being treated equitably.?

Brazilian based Construtora OAS has been given the contract to undertake $7.2 billion project, and the Golconda to Debe segment of the highway is nearing completion.

Rambachan said that this segment of the highway would be open on August 30 and that the Golconda interchange would be opened on Friday. (Express)

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