Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kublalsingh feasts on bake and bhaji


RELAXING: Highway Re-Route Movement leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, left, chats with his brother Hayden on Friday at their family home in San Fernando. Kublalsingh ended his 21-day hunger strike last Wednesday. —Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

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Three days after ending his 21-day hunger strike, environmentalist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh had his first taste of solid food yesterday—bake with cheese and bhaji.

Kublalsingh, who is staying at a relative's house in San Fernando, said he was recovering well.

"I am regaining my weight slowly. I am 102 pounds today. I am 38 pounds less that my normal weight, but I'm recovering well. I had my first taste of solid food this morning after so long and I feel good," he said.

Kublalsingh said he is still being monitored by doctors.

"I ate a mango and drank some liquids after ending my fast, but this morning I ate food," he said.

Kublalsingh, leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement, began a hunger strike in front of the Prime Minister's Office in St Clair on November 16 and ended it last Wednesday, after accepting the reworked terms of reference for the works on the Debe to Mon Desir section of the San Fernando to Pt Fortin highway.

"But the work is not over. I am building my strength because we have more struggles. I was hoping that no work would be done in Debe to Mon Desir segment of the highway pending the report of an independent committee being set up to review the feasibility of the segment and the court matter," he told the Sunday Express.

Kublalsingh said the support he received during his hunger strike was overwhelming.

But he was disappointed that no Government ministers had contacted him.

"We will continue to fight for the benefit of the people of Trinidad and Tobago," he said.

For three weeks, Kublalsingh refused to eat or drink anything until the government gave an undertaking to review the contentious section of the billion-dollar project.

He appealed to the government to begin construction of the highway in Point Fortin while the complex issues related to the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the highway were being resolved.