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Let the Caymanas highway talk begin!

Published:Sunday | January 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer A section of Caymanas Country Club Estate with the area where the highway is being built in the background.

Members of the public have been given until January 26 to submit comments to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) on the proposed realignment of the Caymanas-Bog Walk leg of Highway 2000.

Last week, residents of Caymanas Country Club Estate expressed concern that the planned realignment of the highway would move it to within metres of their front doors and demanded a change or a refund of their money.

But the developers of the roadway, Jamaica North South Highway Company (JNSHCL), claimed that as early as November 2013, the National Road Operating and Construction Company (NROCC) conducted a meeting with Caymanas Estate landowners to discuss the proposed realignment.

The developers further noted that documents pertaining to the pending design are available on NEPA's and NROCC's websites.

After the final date for the submission of comments, NEPA will review both the technical and non-technical issues and the developer and related stakeholders will then have the opportunity to address the concerns posed.

"Should approval be granted, JNSHCL will ensure that the necessary protection measures are put in place to better safeguard residents. These include implementation of a retaining wall, perimeter wall, sound barrier and more," said the developers.

RISK OF FLOODING

The homeowners have charged that the highway will bring security risks, noise nuisance, and the possibility of flooding.

Already 16 of the homeowners, who spent a combined total of more than $250 million, are demanding that someone needs to buy back their house.

The angry homeowners say someone should have told them of the proposed realignment of the highway when they took possession of the houses.