A recently created online petition aiming to prevent the Jamaican government from handing over prime land on the north coast of the island to China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is gaining momentum.
It has accrued over 1200 signatures since being created.
According to the petition: “China has petitioned the Government of Jamaica for parts of the whole of the 800 acre Roaring River Water Shed area in St. Ann (adjoining Dunns River) as payment on loans which the People of Jamaica had no say in!
These lands are sitting on one of Jamaica’s most important Limestone Plateaus and provide water for the Hydro Electric plant at Laughing Waters, Steer Town and Chalky Hill and other areas of St. Ann.
China aims to build on these lands (resort or China Town) and in so doing will upset the entire water system in the Rio Bueno Water Shed Management Unit! This will undoubtedly result in serious environmental problems for St. Ann and Jamaica and seriously disrupt the ability of the Government to provide adequate water supply to thousands of Jamaican citizens!”
Roaring River is a portion of the water shed for Dunn’s River Falls and is viewed as some of the most valuable land in the Ocho Rios area. Many persons are concerned this move could endanger water supply quality and quantity to surrounding regions.
Here is a link to the petition:
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