Published On: Fri, Dec 19th, 2014

Illegal constructions demolished

illegalWILLEMSTAD – Minister of Urban Planning, Earl Balborda confirmed today that eleven illegal constructions were demolished by the Department of Public Works.

Minister Balborda indicated in August of this year that the DOW was already working on mapping out the problem areas, where there is large-scale misappropriation of public land and illegal construction. That’s when the area of Sabana Baka was identified. The other areas that were identified host similar practices. These are Duzu at Tera Kora, Las Almas at Barbouquest, Boca Sint Michiel, Hanenberg at Montaña Abou and Sint Joris.

The implementing organizations have learned that among the offenders there are also peopleillegal1 of Haitian descent who are not easy to trace. The demolition at Sabana Baka was also be closely watched by a local resident. The man approached one of the inspectors with relief and expresses his approval of the enforcement activities. The inspector explains: “The man lives under the hill exactly below the unsafe construction with poor foundations.” The resident was deeply concerned. “The whole building could come down since it had a weak foundation and during heavy rain, the whole construction could come down with all its consequences,” the resident indicated.

The degradation of the natural waterways and the removal of vegetation will now cause severe mudslides.

Minister Balborda said that those offenders were instructed to stop the construction of these illegal edifices. They were warned that if they don’t demolish them, the government would do that.

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