Public Works Minister open to talks on relocation plan for North Timehri residents
Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn is adamant that the Cheddi Jagan airport construction has to go forward despite objections from the Parliamentary opposition parties and Timehri residents.
Timehri North residents appear to be the first hurdle in moving the process forward and the Minister yesterday met with a selective group to discuss relocation.
One of the Timehri North residents who met with the Minister yesterday said she is disappointed despite the pledges made to help them. The woman said lands were offered at Yarrowkabra, Farm, Providence and Coverden.
Some residents who were shut out of the meeting lashed out at the Government saying they are trying to divide the community.
The woman said no talk was made about adequate compensation. For fear of victimization the woman was reluctant to go on camera.
Benn said those persons his Ministry met with, fall under what he described as critical to the expansion process.
Benn was interrupted on several occasions when he tried to clarify several issues relating to the relocation. In fact some residents feel that the Housing Ministry should handle the land issue.
Over four hundred families are said to be living in the disputed area.
Some residents have invested millions of dollars and built permanent structures. They told this Newscast that they were encouraged to do so by a former Housing Minister some years ago.