Ministry of Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan was joined by Ministers Jairam Seemungal and Ms Stacy Roopnarine to distribute 79 lots of land at Picton to squatters displaced by the construction of the HIghway to Point Fortin. The squatters received a lease for 30 years at $1,750 per year with an option to renew after thirty years. In addition for those who qualify, they will also be entitled to a loan at 2% through the TTMF.
In addressing the gathering at Paria Suites Dr. Rambachan thanked them for their cooperation with the government to settle these matters as quickly as possible and further thanked for their understanding of the importance of the highway for economic development and a sustainable future especially for those living in the South West Peninsula of the island.
He urged them to enjoy their new status not as squatters but as persons with security of tenure who will now be able for at least the next 60 years to live without the fear of their homes being broken down.