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Construction on the Point
Fortin end of the Solomon
Hochoy Highway extension proj-
ect remained at a standstill yes-
terday, even though three security
firms were hired to protect OAS
Two additional firms were hired
after a multi-million-dollar crane
was damaged in a firebomb attack
at the site on Saturday night.
When the T&T Guardian vis-
ited, there were more guards than
workers on the site. Only three
excavator and forklift operators
were at the site, identified as 42
The guards, who ran away from
media cameras, were from Ned
Security, First Response Service
Ltd and HBS Security.
An OAS official who requested
anonymity said 21 workers were
stationed at the reserve but since
the firebombing the team had been
despatched to work at Silver
Stream, Mon Desir, where a four-
kilometre stretch of road is being
built, along with the Berridge Trace
"We do not know when con-
struction will start. We do not
want to have people idle, so we
sent most of them out to other
areas to work," the official said.
Workers said because of the
destruction of the crane it may be
weeks before construction resumed
on the Point Fortin leg of the $7.4
Excavator operator Pooran
Ramadhar said since the firebomb-
ing, he had not been working.
"The crane has to lift the piles
to auger. We putting the steel more
than 100 feet in the ground, but
because they destroyed the crane,
nothing can happen here as yet,"
Asked whether he was scared
to work at the site, Ramadhar said
no but called for increased police
and army protection.
"Since this weekend, I have not
seen a single police patrol here.
They should have brought down
the army to watch over workers
by now," he recommended.
His colleague Christopher
Bridgelal, who operates a telehan-
dler forklift, said OAS staff had
visited the site but were yet to give
instructions to resume work.
"We just sitting here waiting.
We hoping that they will give us
some more directives soon,"
First Response officer Andy
Wallace said yesterday that even
though additional security was
hired, police were continuing to
"We have officers passing
through a few times during the
day and especially at nights," Wal-
Police said they were yet to
arrest the three men who set fire
to the crane.
More security but work
on highway stalls
Security officers mingle under a tent at OAS' high-way construction site at Guapo Reserve yester-day.
Security patrols were heightened following the firebombing of a crane over the weekend.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Contractors working on the flood-
damaged Manzanilla/Mayaro Road
have been given a Christmas deadline
to restore the link between the two
communities to allow for light to
The road-repair project, which began
on Monday, is expected to cost some
$57 million, which includes acquiring
two to three properties along the Man-
zanilla stretch to put proper drainage
and road infrastructure in place.
Yesterday Roger Ganesh, who retired
on Wednesday as Director of Highways,
as he had turned 60, revealed the price
tag for the project and said the first
priority for the three contractors on
the project is "to get back connectivity
Ganesh said, during a telephone
interview yesterday, the contractors
have been given until next week to have
a road in place.
"That is road-paving established for
light to medium traffic, and they will
be working round the clock, 24/7 as
well," Ganesh said.
He said contractors Junior Sammy
(Jusamco Pavers), Coosal s Construction
and Danny Enterprises Ltd were award-
ed the contract through the Programme
for Upgrading Roads Efficiency (Pure).
Works and Infrastructure Minister
Dr Surujrattan Rambachan yesterday
said that Raghunath Singh & Co had
also been added to the list.
"We will have a number of smaller
contractors coming in to do the drainage
and other works. Right now, we are
trying to establish a road that will con-
nect people back to the community so
they could get back driving through
there as early as possible.
"I want to emphasise it will not
involve heavy vehicles, but buses will
probably be able to get through," the
Last month a three-kilometre stretch
of the road was damaged when flood-
waters raged through Mayaro.
to open before Christmas
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