LEADER of the Highway Re-route Movement, environmentalist Wayne Kublalsingh yesterday said construction work has begun on the Debe to Mon Desir section of the Point Fortin Highway extension.
“They (the Government) have effectively dismissed the experts and Dr James Armstrong. Dismissed the IDB’s (Inter-American Development Bank) report which calls on the Government to look at alternative solutions to this particular part of the highway,” Kublalsingh said.
He said this week this new development will be taken before the courts.
“We will have a say here on whether the tractors move or don’t move...So the Government has made a serious blunder here and this signals for us the end of them. This is doom time for the Government...There is no way that the Debe to Mon Desir section of the highway should be built,” he said.
Kublalsingh has been petitioning the Government to revisit its planned route of the highway.
Last year he staged a hunger strike outside the Prime Minister’s office in a bid to meet her and raise his concerns, but was unsuccessful.
Recently he started daily “peaceful” protests and was able to meet Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar but the meeting ended abruptly.
Kublalsingh then met with President Anthony Carmona to discuss his concerns about the construction of the highway and also met Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
Yesterday, with placards, the residents of the area who will be affected by the highway, surrounded Kublalsingh at the site at Delhi Road, Fyzabad.