by Quinton Alomp – EM TV, Port Moresby
People living along the new Taurama road are already raising concerns regarding its deteriorating state.
The road is becoming a nightmare for vehicle owners and a health hazard for roadside residents. Vehicle owners are worried about mechanical problems to their vehicles due to the road’s deplorable conditions.
PMV operators have increased farea to K2 for adults and students likewise, to cover likely repair costs.
Block owners are raising concerns about the road becoming dusty, and the potential threat this poses to their respiratory systems.
Tunabe community leader John Ka said many people, especially children, have suffered from a continuous cough, with a steady rise in the use of health care facilities also occurring.
Ka said more people are moving to the area as well, with the population now having increased to over 5,000 residents.
This means more vehicles are using the new road than before.
“You can see the walls and the trea leafs now coated with dust,” Ka said.
Matthew Wai, a PMV driver said they are charging fares at an increased fixed rate because of the poor state of the road.
While main city roads are given more attention, the Taurama people are now calling on the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) management to consider sealing the road.