Work on upgrading and sealing suburban roads in Lae city will continue as counter-funding support from the Morobe Provincial Government was finally released after 8 months.
Lae MP Hon John Rosso says the funding delay plus heavy rainfall have halted the progress of road works which have started at Papuan Compound and 1 mile.
He called on the contractors to fast track work on upgrading the roads as many suburban roads continue to deteriorate during the rainy period.
“I would like to thank the Hon Governor Ginson Saonu for the commitment towards counter funding and fixing our suburban roads in the city. This small funding support from the MPG will assist us to at least fix some of our suburban roads in Lae city.”
Mr Rosso also explained that major road networks in Lae City and along the Highlands highway are responsibilities of the National Department of Works and he is doing his best to get them to fix the roads but funding still remains an issue.
“The Unitech-Bumayong road upgrade had been delayed because of non payments of funds from DOW to the contractor JVPNG Limited.”
The Lae-Nadzab road project is a National Government project and the delay in roadworks continues to affect the flow of traffic between Lae and Yalu.
“I am doing my best to ensure the PNG Government fulfill it’s commitment to deliver the Lae-Nadzab road project for us. At the same time, we are using our little funding from DSIP to do minor road works within the city.”
Another road that requires urgent reconstruction is the Bumbu-Malahang road.
“This will also be a priority to secure funding for this important road.”
Mr Rosso reiterated that funding and cash flow issues remains a major impediment to the progress of development in both Lae and the rest of Papua New Guinea especially with the current financial situation.
He says Lae City generates more than K600 million in internal revenue annually and it deserves better roads and infrastructure for the ratepayers to use.
Feature Pic: JVPNG doing drainage construction along Unitech-Bumayong road.