Government’s relocation plan for Timehri East Bank Demerara residents remains a contentious issue
As the Government continues to press ahead with its CJIA expansion plans, Timehri North residents believe that the Government is provoking a stand-off and a possible civil disruption. These comments were made at a press briefing late Tuesday afternoon by Daniel Fraser Chairman of the Timehri North Community development council.
He said no property evaluation was done for the over 2400 residents living in the area.
His comments were in reaction to that of Transport Minister Robeson Benn who said that the Government at this point would not be building any houses as far as he is aware to accommodate the residents.
Benn on Friday revealed that his Government would make available 350-house lots at Yarrowkabra to accommodate the squatters. This move is to make way for the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
Some squatters have invested millions and built permanent structures. They told this Newscast that they were encouraged to do some by a former Housing Minister some years ago who had promised to regularize the area.
The residents are standing firm that the Government needs to provide adequate compensation in any relocation package.
Legal advice is being given to the residents by Attorney-At-Law Nigel Hughes and he put the issue into perspective.
The Timehri North residents are still open to an engagement with the authorities rather than the issue being played out in the press.