by Mickey Kavera – EMTV News, Port Moresby
National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, is not budging with his plans to develop the Taurama road and by-pass.
He says, the road work will go ahead as planned and nothing will stop it.
He has called on residents living along the road corridor, and landowners, to cooperate to ensure the work begins on the road.
NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, says the Taurama road project has gone through a very stringent process.
The amount of the project was based on engineering calculations and the awarding of the contract to Global construction is based on merits.
“We went through very stringent process and if the Opposition Leader did not know I went through hell to get the road project rolled out.”
“The banks have no easy measure and amount of the project was based on engineering calculations. Even the tender process to award the contract to Global Construction was done on merits.”
The seven kilometre, 4 lane road and by-pass will link the arrears on the outskirts of the city to the CBD.
The National Capital District sees the road as a positive development which will benefit everyone. Construction will start in January next year.
“Whether you like it or not we will build the road and it will benefit the city.”
In order to achieve the 40m corridor, all physical structures built on the road corridor will be demolished.
Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko, says appropriate engineers will negotiate the situation and if there is need to compensate, they will consider.
“Anything that stands in the way of the road will be demolished, it may be unfortunate but it has to go,” Justin said.
Parkop urged critics of the project to look at the bigger picture and not play down the project.