Government officials: Cross-mountain highway ‘unsuitable’
Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s Academy of Sciences on Thursday called the planned Cibao (North) – South Highway unsuitable if it crosses the Central Mountain range.
It said a field study found that the construction of a road which crosses the vast mountains would require huge cuts of slopes and major earthworks, which could unleash significant landslides and soil downstream to rivers, which in turn lead to sedimentation of several dams in the pristine region.
Environmentalist Eleuterio Martinez, who headed the field study for the Academy’s Environment Committee, said there’s no way to cross the Central Mountains without irreversibly damaging its water sources.
He cited the case of the hydroelectric dam at Sabaneta, whose 6.35 megawatt output would be threatened, as well as the irrigation to nearly 19,000 hectares.
The study also shows the work will affect farmlands near the towns of San Juan de la Maguana, Hato del Yaque, Sabaneta, Juan de Herrera, Punta Caña among others.
The study disclosed to the media also analyzes four other proposals to build the controversial road.
Martinez and Environment Ministry Biodiversity director José Manuel Mateo, who also took part in the study, noted that there’s a fifth proposal which they affirm the Public Works Ministry has yet to unveil. Both researchers are government officials.
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