Public Works to forge ahead with Four Lane Highway upgrade in Mahaica after Court battle

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Public Works has the permission of the Court to go ahead and demolish an illegal structure on its reserve, in order to move ahead with the upgrade of the four lane highway from Better Hope – Mahaica East Coast Demerara.

The contractor commenced works from October 3, 2011 and the proposed completion date was expected to be July 3, 2012. During construction the contractor ceased operation because of an illegal construction which inhibited works.

This illegal construction was on the government road reserve on the Southern Half of the Public Road at Success East Coast Demerara.

According to the Public Works Ministry, Bashair Mohamed, owner of BM Soat Auto Sales at Success ECD, through his Attorney-at-Law Mr. Khemraj Ramjathan subsequently took the Ministry of Public Works to court preventing the Ministry from upgrading the said road. The matter was heard by the Chief Justice Mr. Ian Chang for a period of approximately one year.

The Ministry was represented by Eusi Anderson Esq. Principal Legal Advisor from the Attorney General Chambers and the matter was finally concluded in August 2013 and final judgment was given by the Chief Justice Ian Chang (ag) where the case was dismissed on December 20, 2013 as misconceived.

Accordinng to the Public Works Ministry, there are now no legal impediments stopping the Ministry from proceeding to demolish the illegal structure.

“The Ministry would proceed with the construction of the Four Lane Upgrade project. We take this opportunity to thank the public for their patience with the judicial process. The completion of this Four Lane Extension is integral to our delivery as a Ministry to the people of Guyana.”

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