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June 21, 2021
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Works Department wants to Eliminate Compensation For Roads

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Compensation payments for road constructions on customary land, continue to delay road works on national and provincial highways.

Thus Works and Implementation Minister, Micheal Nali says proper identification of landowners will minimise such issues.

This is an approach the Works Ministry will undertake to ensure there is smooth work progress on roads funded by the National or Provincial Governments.

Upon visiting the Boluminski Highway in New Ireland, Minister Nali said the cost government spends on compensation can be minimised.

Nali explained that though compensation is part of our cultures, if encouraged, it will only cost the government more money.

In recent years, the National Government has spent millions of kina on compensation payments, resulting in delays on the completion of road works.

And this is one area; the ministry is looking into to cut out on unnecessary spending.

Some of this compensation claims are even pursued at the National and Supreme Courts.

But compensation is not the only challenge.

The ministry plans to inspect all road projects in the country funded under the national or provincial governments.

This is to ensure that contractors deliver up to expectations.

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