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Residents of Berridge Trace,
South Oropouche, held off on
protests yesterday after OAS
Construtora Ltd, the main con-
tractor in the multi-billion-dol-
lar San Fernando to Point Fortin
highway project, began fixing
Harripersad said around 7 am,
OAS workers began grading the
"We are waiting to see what
they will do but we did not
protest this morning," Harriper-
On Monday, residents tried in
to stop Phase Two of the $7.5
billion Solomon Hochoy High-
way extension but their attempts
were thwarted by the police.
They complained of deplorable
road conditions and continued
failure by the Government to
acquire their lands at reasonable
The highway, from Siparia to
Fyzabad, runs through the fields
of Mon Desir and has been
steeped in controversy since con-
struction started in September
Resident Stephen Samuel said
children were falling ill from the
dust, houses were collapsing
because of vibrations from the
construction site and several
families in the direct path of the
highway were yet to receive com-
pensation. He said about 200
people were directly affected by
the highway construction.
"I am an asthma patient and
almost every day I suffer an
asthma attack. The road is slip-
pery because it is thick with mud
and when we complain they
wash the road but it goes down
into our driveways.
"My mother, who suffers with
back problems, slipped and fell,"
He said thousands of drivers
pass through Berridge Trace as
it is a direct route linking Aripero
Another resident, Lisa
Maharaj, said the poor home-
owners in the area were yet to
"They settled negotiations
with the bigshots who have con-
crete houses but the poor people
who live in the path of the high-
way didn t get a single cent,"
Maharaj added. She said a meet-
ing was held with the National
Company and promises were
made to settle outstanding
Marilyn Rogers also com-
plained the roads were impass-
able because of the sludge.
"We cannot live under these
conditions. They found people
living here when they came.
They full of false promises and
we really fed up," Rogers said.
Resident Shiraza Khan said her
wooden house collapsed on May
27 because of vibrations caused
by a demolition crew which
broke down three houses in Mon
"Since the house fell we got
$20,000 from the National Self
Help Commission but not a cent
from OAS. We built our house
12 years ago and we complained
to OAS about the problem.
"They are not helping and
right now I am sleeping on the
floor of my son s drawing room,"
She said some of their friends
had put up a plywood house for
them. All of Khan s furniture,
including her sofa, television and
fridge, was outside her house.
A senior official of OAS, who
requested anonymity, said vibration
monitoring was done during the
demolition process and there was no
danger to residents homes.
The source said OAS held discus-
sions with Fyzabad MP Chandresh
Sharma to assist the family after their
"We have photos of the house
before it collapsed, and heavy rainfall
was the cause not the vibrations,"
the official claimed.
On the state of the roads, OAS said
drainage and culverts would be fixed
before road-paving is done.
The source also said the road was
soaked every hour to keep down the
dust and it is washed several times
a day with truck-borne water.
Two loads of gravel were dropped
on the site yesterday to fix the pot-
OAS starts road rehabilitation
Berridge residents hold off protests as...
Residents of Berridge Trace block the road on Monday to protest the bad road conditions caused by the
highway works. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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