PM O’Neill Frustrated Over Project Delay

By Mickey Kavera – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, is frustrated with bureaucratic red tape that has stalled progress on the expansion of the Port Moresby sewerage system.

The project had been signed 18 years ago with the Japanese government but nothing has come out of it.

The Japanese government will provide funds for the project costing K206.5 million.

O’Neill plans to sign the final documents of the project when he visits Japan this week for an official state visit.

The project aims to develop a sewerage system in Port Moresby in order to provide adequate services in the city, and prevent pollutants from flowing into coastal areas.

The system is composed of the construction of the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Kila Kila that can treat 18,400 cubic metres of water per day, the 13 km trunk sewer, the 15 km branch sewer, and construction/rehabilitation of 13 pumping stations.

It will also implement awareness activities to workers and community members where they can learn effective and practical sanitation and hygiene practices.

The system will cater for Port Moresby’s increasing population, which is putting a strain on the current sewerage system in the city.

The PNG Government will also be carrying out two, sequel projects after the completion of the initial system.

POMSSUP stage 2 and POMSSUP stage 3 are expected to provide additional upgrades to the sewerage system of Port Moresby to provide greater benefits to residents.

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