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STORIES BY KHARA PERSAD
Leader of the Highway Re-Route Move-
ment (HRM) Dr Wayne Kublalsingh has
set up a camp in Debe and is ready to "fight
down to the wire" to prevent any highway
roadwork that comes along.
"We have a constitutional duty if we see
bulldozers coming this way to protect our-
selves because we believe this Debe to Mon
Desir highway is an atrocity," Kublalsingh
told reporters yesterday as community mem-
bers busily constructed a tent in a lot of
land on Gopie Trace.
When asked specifically why the tent was
being set up at that location, Kublalsingh
said it was to monitor the activities and to
inform the residents about their rights in
terms of land acquisition.
Kublalsingh added the camp would also
act as a prayer centre.
He said location was chosen because it
was the point where road construction was
expected to start.
"It s a corrupt mega-project, and we
should defeat it and fight against it, and
fight down to the wire, and stop it and abort
it."Kublalsingh said the community had a
right to stand up and defend its lands, road
and water systems, businesses, churches
"All the proponents of this highway, we
mean to scatter them, as they mean to scat-
ter us." He said the matter was in the court s
hands, but it was up to the Prime Minister
to abide by the decision.
"We have appealed to the law and we
have appealed to the experts."
After a 21-day hunger strike last year out-
side Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar s
office, Kublalsingh s group was promised
that an independent review would be con-
ducted, headed by Independent senator Dr
James Armstrong. The result of that review
was a report which showed negative effects
of the construction of the Debe to Mon
Desir section of the Solomon Hochoy High-
way extension to Point Fortin, which is esti-
mated to cost $7.2 billion.
Kublalsingh said the Armstrong report
stated that there should be no work between
Debe and Mon Desir, which included the
Debe to Penal section he planned to occupy.
Kublalsingh said he had two questions
for the Prime Minister, "Are you going to
abide by the Armstrong report? And are
you going to await the decision of the court
before you do any work between Debe and
He addressed the Government directly
saying: "Go and build the San Fernando to
Point Fortin highway. That s the highway
that people want."
Gopie Trace resident Ballyram Siew, 72,
said the residents do not want the highway
running through their area as over 300
houses would be affected by the construc-
"We don t want that. We building a camp
here to see they don t come here. They just
want to come by force and start grading."
In an interview yesterday at Hill Crest
Gardens, Retrench, Minister of Housing
Roodal Moonilal said Kublalsingh was free
to set up wherever he wanted and to advo-
cate whatever he wanted. Last Friday,
Moonilal told reporters the construction of
the Debe to Mon Desir leg of the San Fer-
nando to Point Fortin highway will not be
stopped, despite Kublalsingh s continued
protest outside the Prime Minister s Office.
sets up camp in Debe
Residents join protest against highway construction
Leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, right, looks on as a
member of his group digs a hole to construct a new protest camp at Gopie Trace, Debe,
yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
A Marabella man is now dead after witnesses saw
him jump off the flyover at Union Road early yesterday
According to police reports, around 5.45 am Balliram
Jagroop, 65, of Battoo Avenue, Marabella, was seen
walking on a black pipeline along the side of the flyover.
When he was almost at the middle of the northbound
lane of the highway he jumped off.
Jagroop, a salesman, did not die immediately from
the impact, as residents who lived nearby and saw the
incident went to his aid. He was moved to the shoulder
of the highway, but died while emergency services
were on the way.
Reporters visited Jagroop s home yesterday and met
with his brother-in-law, Kawal Maraj, who stated
emphatically that Jagroop s death should not be ruled
a suicide without proper investigations.
He said he was not in the mood to talk, as Jagroop s
wife Tara Jagroop and his family were distraught and
shocked over the incident.
"I still in a state of shock as to what happen," Maraj
Described as a "tremendous gentleman" Maraj said
his brother-in-law was not sickly, nor did he have
financial woes, that would have led him to end his life.
He said that what was being reported in the news,
that Jagroop leapt to his death, was strange to him.
The post-mortem is scheduled for today, which
Maraj hoped would shed some light on what really
"I m telling you, it very strange," Maraj said when
asked why he thought Jagroop was there at that time.
He said sometimes Jagroop would go walking for
exercise, but would use the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.
Officers at the St Margarets Police Station are inves-
as man jumps
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