MSJ backing Highway Re Route Movement's protest
Susan Mohammed firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MOVEMENT for Social Justice (MSJ) yesterday joined the Highway Re-Route Movement in calling for all work to be halted on the Debe to Mon Desir section of the extension of the Solomon Hochoy Highway.
In a press release from MSJ leader David Abdulah, it said that the recommendations made in the Armstrong report (compiled by the Highway Review Committee) ought to be implemented promptly.
"The implementation of these recommendations would be in the best interest of all stakeholders, including the residents of affected communities such as the members of the Highway Re-Route Movement and ultimately for our country as a whole," stated the release.
The report done by the Highway Review Committee, headed by Dr James Armstrong, made numerous recommendations to the State in the vein of proper social and environmental impact assessments and cost-benefit analyses when attempting projects of that magnitude.
The MSJ noted that Dr Wayne Kublalsingh and the HRM's opposition to the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the highway have been met with force by authorities, and even resulted in the arrest of the HRM leader and four of its members.
The MSJ release stated: "Nevertheless, this Movement has vowed to continue these actions until the recommendations of the Armstrong report are fully implemented. The MSJ wishes to express its support for the Highway Re-Route Movement and joins their call for work on the Debe to Mon Desir Highway to be halted and for the recommendations of the Armstrong report to be implemented promptly."
The MSJ said the recommendations of the report have been derived from the professional opinions of technical experts with vast experience in their respective fields and therefore represent the best way forward for this project.
The release also noted that the Government had agreed to the establishment of the Armstrong committee and ought to abide by its recommendations. The Review Committee also said that the project should not be continued until the related matters which are currently before the High Court are concluded.