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AG hails ruling

By SEAN DOUGLAS Thursday, May 8 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL (AG) Anand Ramlogan, at a news briefing yesterday at his Cabildo Chambers office in Port-of-Spain, hailed Justice James Aboud’s earlier ruling against the Highway Reroute Movement (HRM).

The AG said the green light for the continued construction of the Point Fortin Highway was good news for both the nation’s taxpayers to be spared a hefty lawsuit from contractor OAS Construtora (and its subcontractors) and for southern commuters seeking relief from daily traffic-woes.

The AG said Aboud had noted the oppressive traffic situation and the trauma faced by commuters under the present road structure, and the huge costs facing taxpayers if sued by the contractor.

Ramlogan said the ruling giving the highway go-ahead basically means commuting parents can now spend extra time with their children or to go to the gym or local recreation park to unwind after a day’s work. The present traffic commute is debilitating and frustrating to commuters, he said, and creates a loss of productivity and a significant cost to the economy.

Asked if the case had thrown off the planned completion date, the AG said work had never stopped, although saying a schedule analysis must be done.

Saying the judge said Government had bent over backwards to accommodate HRM leader, Dr Wayne Dr Kublalsingh, the AG said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s leader-style is to listen and then lead, even to the point of some critics says she listens too much.

Persad-Bissessar yesterday said she was “happy” with decisions in “two matters”.

Following the launch of the $2 million Daisy Voison hub and statue, High Street, Siparia yesterday, Persad-Bissessar told reporters, “I am happy and welcome the decision in both matters, there are two matters” before saying she had to leave.

She did not state what were the two matters she referred to.

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