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Information requested on new 73-km Cibao road

PRM president Andres Bautista is calling for a stop to the construction of a 73-km road crossing the Cordillera Septentrional mountain range. He said inquiries made at the Ministry of Environment have not yielded any information on the construction and there is no allocation for the road in the 2015 National Budget.

He says the road affects the ecology of the provinces of Duarte (San Francisco de Macoris), Espaillat (Moca) and Maria Trinidad Sanchez (Nagua). Bautista said that according to his information, the road was being built with public funds, but has not been officially announced by the government. He called on the government to explain why the road was a priority and to show the results of environmental impact studies, tenders carried out for its construction, cost, and the source of the funds being used for the construction.

Bautista called for an independent investigation into the construction so far.

“The government is under the obligation to provide the nation with all the details of this crime against our ecology that will undoubtedly affect important public assets such as the valuable natural resources in the Cordillera Septentrional range,” he said when interviewed by Marino Zapete and Edith Febles on Channel 9.

Bautista is a former senator for Espaillat province and a farmer. He said the road would affect seven rivers and 12 streams, including the Boba River, which is important in the Cibao region. He warned about erosion and questioned the wisdom of building the road in areas where there is no significant traffic.

Bautista said the construction affects the protected area of Loma Quita Espuela, the site of a subtropical wet forest and the sources of the rivers that flow into the provinces of Duarte, Espaillat and Maria Trinidad Sanchez.

On the TV show, Zapete showed images of heavy machinery and a very large luxury vacation home with pool, Jacuzzi and heliport located on the Naranjo Dulce-Rio Boba area.

Zapete first came into the limelight as an investigative journalist when he criticized the construction of President Hipolito Mejia’s luxury home in Jarabacoa.

Source: DR1

Dec 9, 2015

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