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Jul 15, 2009

Land development may affect drainage on south side

Story PictureThough many say there are no available plots of land in Belize City, there have been developers who have somehow found occasional lots within city limits and pay anywhere from thirty to over a hundred thousand for a hundred by seventy five lot. But Jitendra and Leena Chawla have been able to buy nine point three acres of land in Belize City for sixty thousand, six hundred and eighty four dollars. The Permission to survey was granted on June ninth and the survey was examined, approved, and authenticated all by June sixteenth. It is an excellent deal for the proprietor of Extra House. It is, however, the location of the nine plus acres that may be cause for concern for residents who live on the south side of Belize City. The plans show that the acres to be located in the vicinity of Krooman Lagoon otherwise known as Antelope Street Extension pond. The lagoon is one point five kilometers square and 500 meters wide at its widest point and is bordered by the Western Highway, Crewman Lane, Faber’s Road and Antelope Street Extension. It has traditionally been an area of underdevelopment that was set aside for part of the city’s drainage. News Five spoke to Councillor responsible for Works, Dean Samuels about the importance of that ecosystem.

Dean Samuels, Councillor responsible for Works/Drainage
“Krooman Lagoon or the Antelope Extension Pond, as it is called, it is very important to the city. It is the area where water flows from the Lake Independence area and it flows across the Western Highway into this lagoon or pond and thus subsequently, it flows to the sea. But since the Port filled the area, I think it has two little channels now that it flows into the sea. So it is very important to the south side of Belize when it comes to drainage.”

Jose Sanchez
“I’ve seen a plan where nine acres have been given out to some developers, Chawlas. And it seems to be near the pond if not in the pond area. Are you going to look into this?”

Dean Samuels
“Jose, I must say that I was privy to this information you brought to me. You brought even plans to show me these concerns and I must say definitely, if that is the situation, if they are filling the pond, it’s something definitely that this council, this department, myself and the city planner we will look into it cause the plan is of great importance as I’ve said before. So definitely it is a concern and definitely we will be looking into it.”

News Five tried to contact the owner of the parcel of land but he was unavailable for comment.

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