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Phillip said despite several consul-
tations with the residents and stake-
holders, problems continue to crop
up.On Wednesday, Phillip said, he
spoke to Minister of Works and Infra-
structure Dr Suruj Rambachan about
the issues that were hampering their
Pure s headache involves new
squatters grabbing state lands, while
individuals posing as farmers began
seeking compensation for crops that
were recently planted.
"It is all kinds of problems. This
will have an effect on the schedule of
work we have to do."
Phillip said tomorrow a meeting
would be held with stakeholders and
Rambachan: "hopefully to get this
thing sorted out."
Phillip said work on the Silica Sands
and Barbuda roads have started, while
construction of two bridges at KP
Lands and Kangalee Street were being
He, however, could not say when
construction of the bypass would
begin at these two sites.
"Hopefully by Monday (tomorrow)
I will know."
Four contractors, three
phases for construction
The agencies working to get the
highway constructed are the Office
of the Commissioner of State Lands,
Pure, and the Lands Settlement
The Web site of the ministry stated
that construction of the bypass would
be done in three phases.
• Phase one entails rehabilitation
of Barbuda Extension and will include
construction of concrete drainage
• In phase two, Silica Sands Road
will be rehabilitated and widened to
include two lanes and shoulders.
• The final phase will be the con-
struction of a new roadway that will
take commuters to the Eastern Main
Road, after Valencia Junction.
Four contractors---Seereeram Broth-
ers, Jusamco, Coosal, and Lutchmans-
ingh Transport have been hired to
undertake the work, which is expected
to be completed by the end of 2014,
Asked if the $100 million bypass
would be money well spent, Phillip
said KP Lands and Kangalee fall within
the Aripo Savannah, which is a pro-
tected forest reserve.
"There are indigenous plants in
there that no where else in the world
has. People are not supposed to be
Once the bypass is constructed, a
fence will border the area to deter
squatters from gaining entry, Phillip
He said if the residents and farmers
show resistance, the matter would be
"Each agency said they are going
to do what they have to do."
If everything goes according to plan,
Phillip said, work on the bypass could
restart this week.
running workers out
CEO of the LSA Hazar Hosein said
the squatters were not covered by law
and so, could not demand government
"How could that be fair to other
citizens of the country who have been
waiting in line for housing? This can-
not be a free for all. Whose land it
is? It is the State s land."
Hazar admitted the LSA was faced
"This is posing as a problem. We
hired consultants to do the land use
plan in the Kangalee area because we
want to do proper development works
such as roads and drains, and the res-
idents run the people out last week."
Developmental work is expected to
begin in February and end in nine
Tenders have not gone out for the
Hazar said what the LSA needed
was proper containment legislation
to deal with unscrupulous people.
"This could keep back the work.
What we would have to do is look for
an alternative solution. This is the
same situation we have all over the
country; People claiming land that is
The LSA was authorised under the
State Land Regularisation of Tenure
Act number 25 of 1998, to prevent
and contain further squatting on state
lands and to regularise eligible existing
A person who is eligible for regu-
larisation must have occupied a
dwelling house on the property prior
to January 1, 1998 and applied for a
Certificate of Comfort before 2000.
Headache for Pure
...farmers want compensation for fresh crops
VALENCIA BYPASS from Page A8
of their livelihood
By January farmers occupying
agricultural lands at Kangalee
would have to vacate their plots
to make way for the bypass.
Farmer Anthony Dean said
while he was willing to surrender
his two-acre parcel, the Gov-
ernment has not given a com-
mitment to provide him with
another piece of land to plant his
Dean was only given a
$150,000 grant to build a new
home in the community. He
would have to repay the T&T
Mortgage Finance for the grant.
Dean said he was unsure of
his future and felt helpless.
"I don t know what will be my
position next year. Technically, I
am out of a job."
Stevenson Alexander, a mem-
ber of the Kangalee Street Exten-
sion Committee, said the farmers
lives are now in limbo.
Farmer Damien Baksh said
three months ago, $50,000 of his
crops were destroyed. He is yet
to be compensated.
President of the committee,
Darryl James said he intends to
raise several issues in the next
meeting, among them:
• Areas allocated to affected
residents are occupied or under
• Plots under cultivation have
been deemed vacant on LSA s
• What was distributed as
compensation packages to affect-
ed residents were in fact LSA s
Land for the Landless forms.
KP Land resident Wendell
"Bigs" Superville said he was not
in support of repaying the
$145,000 housing grant.
"That can t do nothing for me.
I know nothing comes free, but
I find they should give me a HDC
house instead. It is a lot of run-
ning around I would be faced
with. Our next step is to get HDC
houses. We ain t really want this
land thing, because it not making
will not affect our sales
However, on Wednesday the
majority of businesses along the
bustling Valencia Junction, did
not see the bypass affecting or
hampering their sales.
These businesses include The
Rumshop, The Corner Shop and
The Original BBQ pigtail. They
felt the bypass was a step in the
"It will relieve a lot of stress
and traffic, that is for sure," said
businessman Anthony Marchand.
Sister and brother Nicole Bruce, left, and Kevelon Byron discuss the pros
and cons of the $100 million bypass to Valencia on Wednesday.
Rishi Dean points to the farm land where he sometimes helps his dad,
Anthony Dean, one of the many farmers who will be affected by the
$100 million bypass. PHOTOS: MARYANN AUGUSTE
Pure's headache involves new squatters grabbing
state lands, while individuals posing as farmers
began seeking compensation for crops that were
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