Let ‘Point highway’ land values be made public
At a public meeting of his Independent Liberal Party held at Tunapuna on August 10, Jack Warner accused the valuators of lands to be acquired for the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the Point Fortin Highway of inflating the values of these lands.
He stated he had proof of these intended acts of corruption and “theft” of taxpayers’ money in an attempt by the Government to pay its friends and supporters these inflated values for their land.
Whether these accusations are true or false, the acreage of each parcel of land and the valuation agreed upon for such parcel should be made public so that we will know whether these lands have suddenly become prime lands and are more expensive than lands at Phillippine, at Valsayn, at Moka or at Westmoorings.
Who are the respective owners of these parcels of land and for how long have they held ownership will also be instructive. Did they purchase these lands after the route of the highway had been “leaked” to them.
These matters cannot be considered to be private and confidential.