Several houses demolished in Amelia’s Ward for the road in the proposed residential area; opposition demands compensation, relocation

Updated on Saturday, May 7, 2022, 5:50 p.m. by Denis Chabrol

Several homes and foundations in Amelia’s Ward, Linden were demolished and destroyed on Saturday because they stand in the way of a road project for housing expansion in the town, but opposition A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (UNPA+AFC) has officially requested compensation and replacement land for the displaced residents.

Housing Minister Colin Croal said notice had been given to residents but, for example, one of them continued to build a house. He pointed out that only the proposed road structures have been removed. “The part where the road has to be driven is where you have the clearance…Where you had that clearance, where you had that demolition, is only on the alignment of the road. They didn’t disturb anything else. It is not for the whole region,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

Mr Croal said the road was to be built as part of the infrastructure works, but Mr Figueira said the road could have been built on the other side of the area.

The government had announced that it would spend GY$300 million to build 40 houses in the Amelia district.

While the housing minister said two notices had been issued to residents so far, UNPA+AFC parliamentarian Jermaine Figueira said the houses had been crushed prematurely well before the May 12, 2022 deadline. dated May 5, 2022, as seen by Demerara Waves Online News, one of the residents was ordered to “cease and desist from all unauthorized development work and remove and remove all charges including wooden structures, no later than May 12, 2022.

Mr Croal said squatting on the area which had been identified for housing development had been “encouraged”.

Region 10 President Deron Adams has since written to the Minister of Housing requesting that he or his representative attend a meeting with the affected residents on May 8, 2022 to discuss their fate and assign them a lot number. for a parcel of land in the new scheme.

When asked if the affected residents would be given further land, Mr Croal said that ‘when they are ready they can engage the Central Housing and Planning Authority for them to be dealt with’.

Mr Adams is also asking for the residents to be compensated for the destruction of their properties. “The Regional Democratic Council of Region 10 condemns in the strongest terms this despicable act and asks your Ministry (ies) to immediately define the terms of compensation and relocation available for residents who are affected by this new work. development and whose structures have been damaged. by your officers so far,” he said.

Lamenting the “appalling state” of the demolition, he noted that the crew even demolished a house with an elderly, sick woman in the place. “These people came here when there were only trees and cut down these areas and were looking to make a living so I tell you there are a lot of poor people but they are industrious but they would have put their resources into common and started”, he mentioned. Another woman, whose house was being rebuilt on Sunday, is a victim of domestic violence, he added.

The UNPA+AFC lawmaker said residents had paid a surveyor and reserved spots for the roads.

He accused the government of discriminating in the way it regularized squatters in Region Two, a stronghold of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPPC), unlike the UNPA+AFC stronghold in Region 10.