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Dominican Republic cross-mountain road project gathers steam

Santo Domingo.- A group of society, business and professional leaders of the country’s South and Cibao (north) regions gathered Monday to announce their support for the controversial Cibao-South Highway project, affirming they’ll not rest until the start of its construction.

The meeting stressed the contributions they affirm the road will provide not only economic, but also cultural, social and recreational. They said it will spur young people from both regions to develop mutually by exchanging experiences.

Prominent surgeon Jose Joaquin Puello said domestic tourism will open to benefit the country’s south region, and noted its decades-long existence under the line of poverty.

“This road has not only become a demand of the south but the presence of all of you is evidence that this work has taken on the character of national need, because , in one form or another we receive support from different sectors day by day,” said Ramon de la Rosa, of the Cibao-South Highway Committee.

De la Rosa said the message is clear that both the south and the Cibao have stated their interest in the road, because of the impact it has to develop both regions.

President Danilo Medina will reportedly meet with representatives from various sectors on the feasibility of the ‘Cibao-Sur’ Project.

National parks

Environmentalists however oppose the project, affirming it will harm the Bermudez and Ramirez national parks, in the Central Mountain Range, the source of most of Hispaniola’s rivers.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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