Kookaburra Disagreement: Mr.Ten Demands Fair Compensation

One landlord affected in the development of the Kookaburra fly-over in the nation’s capital, wants the government to pay him at least K5 million.

Wilson Ten says an independent survey has valued his property at K5 million however, the state has offered him K1.5 million.

 

He says he will be losing business due to this development, and wants to be fairly compensated.

 

This is one of the government’s major projects costing K160 million.

 

Wilson Ten bought this property in Erima in 2012 for K800, 000, and has since then developed the place, and has been renting it out to tenants.

 

Ten says this now demolished property consisting two, two bed-room houses used to fetch him K13 thousand per month from rental collection.

 

All buildings on this side of the road are now being demolished to make way for the construction of the Kookaburra fly-over. The state has offered those with clear titles like Mr. Ten, with K200 thousand, and a vacant land to resettle.

 

The state is making this offer basing on surveys done by the lands department however, Mr. Ten wants the National Capital District Commission, to consider his independent valuation, and compensate him, because he has a 46 year lease outstanding which needs to be settled.

 

While many families without proper land titles have been evicted following notices from NCDC, Mr.Ten says there was no ample time for mediation with those with proper titles.

 

Mr. Ten will be the third landlord in Erima, to take his disagreement to court for the state to pay him more than what is currently offered.

 

It was reported in PNG Today that this project worth K160 million is one of this current government’s major commitments.

 

The monthly publication also reported that the 600 metres long fly-by is the government’s strategy, to expand the city and the government, together with NCDC, are committed to making sure that it gets off the ground soon.

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