Breaking
Judge threatens to sell Jack's Emerald Plaza TT's rocky road to economic recovery Promoter sues beauty queen over prize money Body found in garbage bag in Maraval Man killed in Curepe fire
N Touch
Friday 25 May 2018
follow us
News

Lobbyist group seeks to stop work on Manzanilla highway extension

Lobbyist group seeks to stop work on Manzanilla highway

A still image of the Aripo Savannas courtesy Fishermen and Friends of the Sea.

Environmental lobbyist group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is seeking to stop work which has started on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway extension to Manzanilla.

The group says the preparatory works near the Aripo Savannas. part of Phase 1 of the project. began on January 8, and already heavy machinery has begun bulldozing the southern boundary of the Aripo Savannas and the standing forests, including the Moriche palms, which are within the designated Long Stretch Forest Reserve.

FFOS secretary Gary Aboud said the work threatens the protected Aripo Savannas which are an environmentally sensitive area (ESA).

Hearing of the injunction application takes place today at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain before Justice David Harris.

The group has also challenged the decision by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) to issue a certificate of environmental clearance (CEC) to the Ministry of Works for a 5,000-metre highway from the Cumuto Main Road to Guaico Trace in Sangre Grande.

In its lawsuit, FFOS contends the CEC is “unreasonable, illegal, procedurally improper, irrational, null and void and of no effect.”

This is being heard before another judge.

Comments

Reply to this story

News

National food policy coming

A NATIONAL food and nutrition policy is coming, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh revealed on Wednesday…