by Sylvester Gawi – EM TV, Lae
The remote communities of Sagaiyo and Mapos in Buang, Morobe province, yesterday opened a new concrete road to their villages.
The 300 metres cement road was constructed at one of the most difficult sections of the Buang road, which is impassable during bad weather.
The road was built by Bulolo MP, Sam Basil, using his own money, as part of his community obligation to his village.
It was a time of celebration as local villagers dance to the opening of the new cement road, footpath and drainage systems constructed by local youths.
The new road is just like Lae city’s new concrete roads.
The 300 metres may not seem to be a longer distance, but it is an important section of the road that will allow for goods to be transported easily up the mountains.
Buang is a landlocked area and it experiences a lot of rains most times of the year.
The roads become impassable during rainy periods, and it’s difficult for people to transport their cash crops to the Market.
The roads now complement the rural electricity supply into villages and the EM TV and Kundu 2 coverage in the area.
For the local people of Buang, life has become easier for them, but the realities and challenges faced everyday with road and transportation is a concern for the local level government.
If Buang’s roads are fully constructed, a good supply of coffee and other cash crops will be brought to the markets.