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Highway Re-route Movement (HRM) leader Dr
Wayne Kublalsingh has called Finance Minister
Larry Howai s comments about the independent
auditing process of the $7.5 billion Solomon Hochoy
Highway extension to Point Fortin "blatantly false."
In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Kublalsingh
said the government still could not provide a cost-
benefit analysis showing the various environmental
and social implications of the highway extension,
specifically the Debe to Mon Desir segment.
"Has he seen a report on viability?" Kublalsingh
He questioned how the finance minister could give
money to a project that did not go through such an
During Monday s budget presentation in the Lower
House, Howai referred to the new highway, saying:
"We have funded work done to date from operating
cash flows but, conscious of the concern to ensure
full transparency and accountability, we have instituted
regular reviews using a firm of independent audi-
In response, Kublalsingh said: "He is parroting the
positions of chief ministers of the government without
doing any analysis himself."
He said the fact that the government was bent on
ignoring the Armstrong report so flagrantly showed
they were more interested in making deals, rather
than development of the country.
Former Independent Senator Dr James
Armstrong was appointed to lead a team
of professionals to review the project last
year, but the recommendations are yet to
Asked to elaborate on the deals relating
to the project, Kublalsingh said sub-contracts
for construction works were being given to
affiliate firms of government ministers.
Kublalsingh has been sitting outside the
Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Kamla
Persad-Bissessar since August 6 from Mon-
day to Friday, in protest against work ear-
marked for the Debe to Mon Desir segment.
Today makes it 28 days the group has
gathered there. He said movement members
were feeling a bit isolated, but were in no
way disheartened by the lack of response
from the Prime Minister on the way forward.
Asked what it said about the government s
intentions, given that Howai discussed mat-
ter-of-factly phases 1 and 2 for the Debe
to Mon Desir leg just two days ago, Kublals-
ingh said it was "misbehaviour in public
"The fact that they are speaking about
building Debe to Mon Desir shows reck-
lessness on his part and recklessness on
part of the government." Kublalsingh said
if the government went ahead and ignored
the Armstrong report, which detailed the
negative effects of the proposed construc-
tion, his group was prepared to challenge
it at every step.
"People will take action on the ground,
and we re quite capable. There s a legal
option too," he said. He did not want to
talk about the possibility of engaging in
another hunger strike, but said "all things
are possible at this time." In November 2012,
Kublalsingh carried out a 21-day hunger
strike over the same issue.
Howai's highway talk upsets re-routers
Police Social and Wel-
fare Association President
acting Insp Anand Rame-
sar is expected to be dis-
charged from the San Fer-
nando General Hospital
within a day or two.
Medical Director of the
San Fernando General Hos-
pital Dr Anand Chatoor-
goon has confirmed that
Ramesar, 42, of Borde
Narve Village, Princes
Town, does not require sur-
gery for the injuries he sustained to his pelvic area
in a recent accident.
Chatoorgoon said on Tuesday that Ramesar would,
however, have to use a pair or crutches to move
about. The doctor said Ramesar s ability to master
the use of the crutches had delayed his discharge.
Chatoorgoon said that even though Ramesar suf-
fered broken bones in the pelvic region, due to the
nature of the injury, surgery was not necessary.
"The pelvis heals well, so he does not need surgery.
His treatment is conservative. (meaning not necessary
to have surgery).
"He is young and strong and will be able to walk
on the crutches soon. He is not doing it as yet, maybe
because it is uncomfortable and would take some
getting used to. He is moving around well on the
bed and otherwise is doing well."
Ramesar, accompanied by his wife, British American
insurance attorney Vanessa Friday-Ramesar, was
driving his Toyota RAV 4 vehicle last week Thursday
(September 5) along the Solomon Hochoy Highway,
when on reaching near Claxton Bay, the vehicle skid-
ded on the wet road and flipped several times, crossing
the median and landing in a ditch.
They were both taken to the hospital, where Rame-
sar was admitted and his wife treated and discharged.
No surgery for
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