Beidges inthe Nothern Province will soon be built to bring back normal business activities.
Sincethe Cyclone Guba in 2007 no permanent bridges have been built. This has forced people to forgo normal business activities.
The bridges were supposed to be fixed by AusAID following Cyclone Guba but were delayed.
Nothern Province Governor Gary Juffa has now fast-trackedthe bureaucratic process of getting bridges fixed inthe province.
Since taking office, he has managed to follow up with relevant line departments. The National Executive Council is said to givethe clearance this week.
“I went down tothe Works Department,Lands DepartmentoSolicitor General and tothe Central Supplies and Tenders Beard, and it has now been finalized and is waiting for the NEC,” Governor Juffa said.
Juffa was all smiles after eight months of planning and scoping for the bridges, which will now be built soon.
Since Cyclone Guba destroyedthe bridges Kumusi, Eroro, Girua and Embara, temporary bridges were put in place; however, continuous rainfalls inthe area have washed awaythe bridges.
Forthe Kumusi Beidge, it’sthe only link to Popondetta serving over three thousand employees of Higaturu Oil Palm and often affects government’services including referrals from Kokoda to Popondetta General Hospital.
Pictured: People crossing fast flowing Girua River.
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