THE planned demolition of a house in the path of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin was thwarted yesterday after activists threatened to form a human chain around the family’s home.
Glenda Jhinkoo, 34, her husband Andre Pardessie, 42, and their six-year-old daughter Adrianna are packed and ready to move out of their South Oropouche home.
But the family has no where to go, as the cheque issued by the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Nidco) for rental expenses has not yet cleared.
Jhinkoo’s mother, Pearly Jhinkoo, who lives next door, has also been given notice to vacate her home.
“We are willing to move, but we have no where to go. We need to have money to move into an apartment. I got the cheque from Nidco to pay the rent, but it will take ten days to clear. The cheque will clear next week Wednesday and only then we will be able to move,” Jhinkoo said.
Jhinkoo said her family occupied the plot on State land 15 years ago. They operated a vegetable stall outside their home.
Jhinkoo’s family will receive $50,000 in compensation for the property and an additional $26,000 for the business, she said.
“We were offered a piece of land in Cedar Hill, but that land is not ready for us. Nidco promised to pay rent for us for six months. We found our own place in the area, because my daughter goes to school nearby,” she said.
Jhinkoo said the bulldozers were expected to arrive on Monday, but no one showed up.
“The moving trucks came this morning, but we couldn’t go because we need money to pay the landlord before we move in,” she said.
Edward Moodie, of the Debe to Point Fortin Highway Action Committee, intervened and threatened protest action.
Moodie said: “The woman has no where to go, she is simply asking for a few more days. We resisted the demolition and threatened to form a barricade around her home. That was when Nidco agreed to stop the demolition.”
A Nidco official said officers were in consultation with the affected families.