By Vasinatta Yama – EMTV News, Mt Hagen
A missing road link that will connect the people of Tambul/Nebilyer electorate to Hagen Open in Western Highlands Province, will soon be completed for people to use.
Tambul Nebilyer MP, Win Daki, through his District Services Improvement Program Fund, allocated over K700, 000 to the Works Department to construct the road.
It is a 16.4 km stretch of road from Mt Kuta in the Hagen Open Electorate to Kunia, in Lower Nebilyer, and then to Dumakona to Koibuka and Koibuka to Kumbalga in the Tambul-Nebilyer Electorate.
For far too long, locals from these villages have been carrying their cargo and walking miles to get to the town, school, to hospitals and to do other personal business.
Mr Daki when presenting a K300, 000 cheque to the Works Department for roadworks to be done, told his people that they should not be walking long distances to get basic services in the 21st century. He felt pity for his people and promised to continue funding the Works Department to complete the road before April this year.
This is the second lot of payment to fast track the construction of this road. Once completed, it will connect more than twenty villages to the town.
When receiving the cheque payment, Mt Hagen Works Manager, Philip Terry said, “We will use this money as much as possible, to complete your work.”
The Western Highlands Provincial Government has given K200,000 and has promised further support from the Provincial Grant another K300,000 to connect the missing link.
Meanwhile, another K1.6 million was awarded to Walton Engineering, an Indian company, expected to connect rural electrification to more than 12, 000 people from Porgerpuk to Last Palme and the Upwara people in Tambul-Nebilyer electorate.
“The beneficiaries of the project is the people. And you as the contractor, please I appeal on behalf of my people, you make it happen.” WHP Deputy Governor Michael Wai said.
Both projects will be completed in April this year. Mr. Daki urged both contractors to fast track their work so that his people can benefit from the much-needed services soon.