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CHEC could pay for damage to Old Fort Bay

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 8:00 AM
The chocolate brown water near the beach at Old Fort Bay in St Ann reflects the silt, solid waste and debris which has flowed into the bay since the work on the Moneague to Mammee Bay leg of the highway.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has indicated that it would be willing to consider compensation to the residents of Old Fort Bay in St Ann who have been negatively impacted by the construction of the Moneague to Mammee Bay leg of the North South Highway.

The residents have complained that in its construction of that leg of the highway, CHEC, has caused silt, solid waste and debris to flow into the bay smothering and stressing the coral reefs and other marine life.

In a July 25 response, CHEC said it accepts that the extensive and varied nature of the construction of the highway "may have created or exacerbated, a few challenges to some residents in close proximity to the highway."

 

ADDRESSING THE ISSUE

 

According to CHEC, it has since instituted some measures to address the challenges facing the residents and will continue to monitor the area over a period to determine if more needs to be done.

"We are however of the opinion that these solutions will effectively and reasonably remedy most, if not all, of the concerns, save where issues may be unavoidable due to matters beyond the reasonable control of CHEC," said the company.

CHEC told the residents that while it will continue to concentrate of effecting adequate physical solution to the challenges it is prepared to meet with them to seek an amicable solution in relation to any property damage and other alleged losses.