Trinidad to continue highway project despite concerns from environmentalists
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep. 14, CMC - The Chief State Solicitor has written to environmentalist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh saying the state cannot accede to his request of halting the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir section of the Golconda to Point Fortin Highway.
In a letter dated September 3, Kublalsingh called on the Prime Minister to abide by the recommendations of the Armstrong report, and to stop the construction of the highway.
Kublalsingh has threatened to go on a hunger strike within 14 days if the prime minister did not accede to his requests.
The prime minister passed the letter to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan who said “….such action would lead to consequences and risks, which are unknown. However, you do so at your own peril. While you have the right to protest in a lawful manner, the State has the duty and responsibility to protect life and will not be deterred in adhering to that responsibility as it had done in the past.”
“While you have the right to protest in a lawful manner, the State has the duty and responsibility to protect life and will not be deterred in adhering to that responsibility as it had done in the past,” the letter stated.
Meanwhile, the Chief State Solicitor has pointed out that the issues raised by Kublalsingh and his Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM), formed part of the constitutional motion filed against the State.
"You and the members of your movement have invoked the original jurisdiction of the High Court under section 14 of the Constitution seeking constitutional protection of the court, alleging breaches of your constitutional rights.
"The Attorney General is representing the interest of the State in this matter. Both parties are being represented by eminent senior members of the Inner Bar. Substantial resources have been devoted by both parties.
The Chief State Solicitor reminded Kublalsingh that the High Court had ruled that the Highway Re-Route Movement was not entitled to injunctive relief in this matter and as a result, he intends to seek further relief from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
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