Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan yesterday warned squatters of Pine Settlement, Sangre Grande, that they had no claim to seek compensation when Government acquires State land for the $400 million Cumuto to Manzanilla Highway project.
Sinanan made the comment in response to Monday’s T&T Guardian front page article headlined Land Bobol, which highlighted a rush of new squatters at Pine Settlement, who were erecting concrete structures in the direct pathway of the proposed Cumuto/Manzanilla Highway project.
Eighty eligible squatters received Certificates of Comfort (CoCs), at a recently held distribution ceremony hosted by the Land Settlement Agency (LSA), an agency of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
The ceremony was held at the Diego Martin Central Community Centre, Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard, Diego Martin.
A Certificate of Comfort issued by the Land Settlement Agency, is the first stage in the regularization of tenure process.
Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis is condemning the illegal encroachment of forest spaces.
In a press release issued, Robinson-Regis expressed concern over recent media reports on the threat to tree-cover and water-ways in east Trinidad as a result of squatting and illegal quarrying. She said she would not condone the reckless action of a few to the detriment of many.