It should be noted that the Contractor (OAS) must utilize a minimum of 40% local inputs which include skilled and unskilled labour, as well as materials, equipment and suppliers. Additionally, there will be a transfer of technology to the local construction industry.The HRM proposed that the Highway should be stopped at Debe with a link to Mosquito Creek and that serious consideration should be given to upgrading local roads.

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In February 2011 the HRM wrote to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago requesting that the proposed Debe to Mon Desir segment of the highway should be discontinued and that consideration be given to an alternative route as discussed in the Traffic and Transportation Section of this Review Report.

The concerns of the HRM, as outlined in the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago by Dr. An increase in flooding caused by the highway embankment. The demolition of homes, well established business, places of worship and an orphanage. The destruction of agricultural lands and the splitting of landholdings, orchards, commons and fishing. The consultations required for a project of this type were inadequate and flawed. The cost of the highway was prohibitive compared to the benefits.

Actual construction commenced in September 2011, with a planned completion date of September 2015.

Under this arrangement, OAS is fully responsible for executing the design of the entire highway on behalf of the Ministry of Works and 4 | P a g e Report of Independent Review Committee Infrastructure (MOWI) and NIDCO.

In effect, this meant that the project was no longer going to be phased as was originally envisaged.

A Brazilian company Construtora OAS Ltda (OAS) was procured in 2011 to build the entire highway.NIDCO disagreed, citing various concerns as follows: ?The residents of the region will not receive the benefits of a modern highway facility that they deserve. There will be no reduction in road user costs in the form of savings in vehicle operating costs (VOC), and travel time costs for the people. The highway route has provisions for a utility corridor for WASA, T&TEC and other service providers to accommodate future expansion and maintenance of their infrastructure that will be required to service the communities effectively well into the twenty-first century.Consequently, various alternative alignments were considered for a route between San Fernando and Point Fortin.Particular consideration was given to a route which approximates the alignment reflected in the NPDP.The Ministry and NIDCO must approve the design at intervals and, therefore, OAS has engaged the services of international consultants HALCROW to prepare designs that satisfy the requirements of the contract.