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Nov 21, 2019

Land Minister Speaks on Reports of Land Grab along Developing Airport Link Road

Hugo Patt

In May 2018 the government signed a thirty-four million dollars contract with CISCO Construction Limited for the construction of the Airport Link Road. Works are currently underway, which include the construction of a bridge, several roundabouts and drainage. The government acquired land in that area to reportedly accommodate the designs. But reports reaching our newsroom are that lands along the road are being distributed to persons associated with the United Democratic Party. Minister of Lands Hugo Patt was asked about it. 

 

Reporter

“How much land do you know has been bought over by Government in that stretch of land that is going to be the new Airport Link Road?”

 

Hugo Patt, Minister of Natural Resources

“I wouldn’t have the issue but as far as I know when the project was initially started government had to acquire land. I understand that there was a portion of national land but in traversing to meet the design we had to meet private land owners to acquire land. So that is a process that is happening jointly with the Ministry of Work. It is a process that projects going forward the Ministry of Works has indicated that they are getting funding to address those particular issues.”

 

Reporter

“Would you dispel this all allegations that have surface since those road works had started that people are actually rushing in and taking lands or I am not sure  if that is backed up by any actual transaction of purchase of land in that area?”

 

Hugo Patt

“Well whenever there is any kind of development people will always come in and develop the area. We have had instance where, there is a physical map there, people are actually- they have documents but because of access issue people don’t build. So whenever you have a road it is a normal trend that people will come in and actually cultivate.”


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