A backhoe clearing land in the Crown Point area yesterday. The land is being cleared for the ANR Robinson Airport Expansion Project.

The state has settled with 65 homeowners whose properties are being acquired for the construction of a new airport terminal and associated works at the ANR Robinson International Airport in Crown Point, at a cost of $104 million.

The confirmation came from a statement from the Ministry of National Security and the Tobago House of Assembly, citing both Minister Colm Imbert and Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis.

The statement advised that approval had been granted for the payment of compensation to an additional 24 property owners.

The statement said the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO), on behalf of the State is continuing to issue payments of compensation through its Land Acquisition Consultant, ACQ & Associates to the respective property owners.

It said these compensations now represent 14.3 acres of the 53 acres of land required for the construction of the new terminal, including six commercial, 10 residential and five mixed (home/business) properties. “Once again, property owners who have settled with the State will be contacted by ACQ and Associates for the execution of legal indemnity agreements and collection of payments. The State will enter and take possession of settled empty lands as soon as compensation is paid,” the statement said.

It added that property owners who are yet to commence the negotiation and settlement process are encouraged to contact ACQ and Associates at (868) 723-7475 / 342-8086 to make appointments for negotiation meetings.