Monday 26 October, 2020

Land occupiers receive notice to move for Tobago airport project

The National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) that landowners and occupiers in Tobago are currently being served the Section 4 Legal Notice to vacate by February 2020.

The Section 4 Legal Notice allows the State to enter and take possession of land to start construction of the new terminal and supporting infrastructure for the ANR Robinson International Airport.

However, the State will not take possession immediately; affected residents will have six months from the service of the legal notice to vacate. The deadline is the end of February 2020.

NIDCO said this exercise is in keeping with the requirements of the Land Acquisition Act (58:01) and as outlined at a stakeholder consultation in June 2019.

Affected residents are urged to submit their claims for compensation and begin the process of negotiation for settlement as soon as possible.

Claimants can expect the payment of compensation to commence in mid to late October 2019 once settlement has been reached with the state. 

NIDCO adds that reasonable costs incurred in the preparation of claims will be paid by the State as part of a claimant's compensation package, inclusive of the claimant's valuer's fee. Valuers will not be paid directly by the state. 

All recipients of Section 4 Legal Notices are encouraged to contact NIDCO's Community Outreach Office with questions or requests for guidance regarding the land acquisition process.

Details for the Community Outreach Office are as follows:

NIDCO Community Outreach Office

No. 203 Milford Road, Canaan, Tobago (Tobago Taxi Cab Co-operative Society Ltd Building

327-9882/236-1080, anrairport@nidco.co.tt. 

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