THE people who do not want to move out of the way of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin should consider the “greater good”, accept the compensation and relocate for the benefit of thousands.
This was the message yesterday of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she officially opened the Golconda to Debe segment of the highway.
She said: “It is easy reaching from here to Debe. What will happen when we get to Debe now? You are going to bottleneck down in Debe. We need to build the Debe to Mon Desir leg of the highway. And when we build the Debe to Mon Desir leg, we need to build the other phases, the other legs.
“We have to consider the greater good and not the individual because it will be thousands of people in the country who will benefit.”
Persad-Bissessar said she was pleased to know the highway was within budget and said her Government was committed to road development throughout the country.
Carson Charles, president of the National Infrastructural Development Company (Nidco), said the cost of the first phase of the highway was $126.3 million.
The ceremony was attended by many, including several Members of Parliament and members of Brazilian firm Construtora OAS, responsible for the highway construction.
Absent from the ceremony was Dr Surujrattan Rambachan, Minister of Works and Infrastructure and Minister of Local Government.
Persad-Bissessar said he was assisting residents who were affected by bad weather in Central.
Reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Raymond Ramnarine provided entertainment, along with Brian Mohan.
The Prime Minister said the opening of the highway was an Independence gift to the nation and to the southern part of the country.
Today, the National Awards will be held in South for the first time at the Southern Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA) in San Fernando.