Legal bid to stop highway construction
...High Court applicaiton filed for injunction
The Highway Re-Route Movement, led by environmental activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, has filed an applicaiton seeking an injunction to stop the People's Partnership Government from constructing the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.
The injunction applicaiton was filed at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain before Justice James Aboud on Wednesday.
Kublalsingh was expected to lead a group to Mon Desir last evening.
"We need to get those tractors off the land. We continue the campaign to stop the highway to Mon Desir. We go to the site where they are actually doing the bulldozing operations on the proposed Mon Desir interchange and we will be using all peaceful methods to get those gentle men to stop operations," Kublalsingh said.
Kublalsingh has appealed to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to abide by the recommendations of the James Armstrong report. Dr Carson Charles, president of the National Infrastructure Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Nidco), has confirmed on Monday that construction of the controversial Debe to Mon Desir segment had started, despite protests by the Highway Re-Route Movement.
Charles said construction started at Fyzabad and Siparia, within the Debe to Mon Desir segment, on October 25, 2012. He said the Government welcomed the input of the Joint Consultative Council (JCC) and other civil society organisations. But it was agreed that work will continue on sites of the highway released to the contractors, he said.
Charles said Nidco was not bound by the recommendations of the James Armstrong report.
(from the Multimedia Desk)