Monday, December 18, 2017

Highway supporters, Re-Route group clash


The other side: Members of the group supporting the highway with placards on Saturday. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

Mark Fraser

As members of the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM) moved to stop an excavator from working on a construction site at Penal on Saturday, a group of residents held up placards and called for the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.

The residents lined the roadway at Gopee Trace holding up placards which read “Kublalsingh Go Home” and “We support the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the Highway”.

Harland Teemul, a resident, said the group represented bona fide residents who were in support of the highway.

“We are supporters for the highway. We live around here, our life is affected but we support the building of the highway,” he said.

Teemul’s group and members of the HRM were involved in a heated argument over the highway.

Teemul accused environmentalist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh of breaking the law, by leading residents against the highway. He said businessmen in the community supported the highway.

“Kublalsingh is breaking the law and this is the time for the Government to intervene and arrest this man. He is breaking the law. People have been served according to the land acquisition act sections four and five,” he said.

Teemul said businesses were placed on hold until the highway was constructed. And he accused Kublalsingh of stalling the highway.

Kublalsingh and two members of his HRM were detained by police on Saturday and were expected to be charged with obstruction and resisting arrest.