Pat­ter­son de­nies ad­di­tional spend­ing for new De­mer­ara bridge...

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East Bank by-pass road project, the Ber­bice Bridge and the heav­ily touted Amaila Falls Hy­dro project.

How­ever, Ali took to the floor and chal­lenged Pat­ter­son’s claims. He noted that a fea­si­bil­ity study was done on the East Coast-East Bank road link, and claimed that he had it on his phone.

While the mat­ter was not ac­knowl­edged in the Na­tional Assem­bly, Pat­ter­son had noted while mak­ing his claims that if a fea­si­bil­ity study could be pro­vided to him, he would pub­licly apol­o­gise.

How­ever, Pat­ter­son yes­ter­day ac­knowl­edged that he was able to find a fea­si­bil­ity study for the road that was done in-house at the Cen­tral Hous­ing and Plan­ning Au­thor­ity in 2014. How­ever, that study had the road pass­ing through lands that were al­ready sold.

“We tried to get that in­for­ma­tion pre­vi­ously and I don’t know where it ar­rived from. The project that is be­ing de­signed now has been fully in­ves­ti­gated… I just wanted to con­firm and make a state­ment on those two things so there is no mis­un­der­stand­ing on the po­si­tion of the min­istry,” he added.

When ques­tioned on whether he was go­ing to apol­o­gise, Pat­ter­son said no and ex­plained that he ac­knowl­edged it in Par­lia­ment.

“Lis­ten to me, you don’t just turn up and bring a study like that. I don’t want to as­cribe any­thing to any­one, I don’t do that. I am just stat­ing that I ac­knowl­edge I re­ceived it,” he added.

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