Government: State Land No Compensation Payment

By Stanley Ove Jr – EMTV News Port Moresby

The Government will not compensate damaged properties on state land or new national highways. This was announced by Works Minister, Michael Nali, in Parliament yesterday morning when responding to questions raised on outstanding compensation payments of people living along the Simbu section of the Highlands Highway.

Minister Nali said the Government has allocated funding for compensation to the Simbu section alone; however, the public should be aware on the laws surrounding the use of state land and building properties near national highways.

Minister Nali said the Highlands Highway will undergo major reconstruction at a cost of K3 billion and that the public must make way for such projects.

He says there are processes in place for landowners to seek compensation but must learn to avoid such issues by not building properties on state land.

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