Lee Anna Maharaj
Attorney Larry Lalla is calling on citizens to continue posting videos of illegal structures that disrupt access to beaches, rivers and other natural attractions, after hiking group Trail Seekers TT uploaded a clip of a door constructed on the walkway at Damien Bay in Blanchisseuse.
The video, shared earlier this month, has over 200,000 views.
«What I don’t understand is that apparently up on top there and probably over there has private property but do you own the beach? Could you put a door on the walkway on the beach… the public beach?» the man in the video asked.
According to Lalla, no one has the right to prevent anyone from passing along the walkway and he does not believe they got permission.
«I’d be very surprised,» Lalla said.
The attorney said people have a duty to highlight wrongdoings when seen because all of these things are a part of the beauty of Trinidad and Tobago.
«The country must be preserved for generations to come…no person should have a right to take control of part of the country to try and exclude other citizens from that part of the country,» he explained.
He called on the State Lands Services to be proactive in taking action against reports such as these.
«It would be appalling if this incident being highlighted in the public domain and on social media…that the state lands authority would take no action against this whatsoever,» he said.
Many people on social media spoke out about the placement of the door.
«All they missing now is a no trespassing sign,» user Dominique commented.
«Was very disappointed when we went and saw this door,» Nafeeza added.
According to Section 3 of the State Land Law, the lands of the seashore lying between high water mark and low water mark belong to and are vested in the State.
Guardian Media reached out to both the Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Kazim Hosein and Minister in the Ministry, Avinash Singh for a response, but was unsuccessful.
They are currently in Guyana with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
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