Gov't free to restart Cumuto highway as Privy Council dismisses FFOS appeal

The Government is now free to resume work on the Cumuto Highway as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council today dismissed the appeal by Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) against the award of the Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) granted to the Ministry of Works.

The Privy Council’s written judgment will be delivered on 8 October, 2018.

The matter surrounds the granting of a Certificate of Environmental Clearance to the Ministry of Works and Transport in June 2017.

The C.E.C was granted for the establishment of a 5000-meter highway in the Sangre Grande area.

FFOS alleged that the EMA’s grant of the permit to the ministry was “unreasonable, illegal, procedurally improper, irrational, null and void and of no effect.”

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