Three weeks after announcing plans to reopen Kerowagi Airstrip, ground work has started.
Kerowagi MP Bari Palma says the airstrip is one of the services to be established to make Kerowagi an economic hub.
Kaia Works Limited is carrying out scoping for the airstrip. MP Palma believes the airstrip will be effective in connecting the people through agricultural produce and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
He said other services the District is aiming to build include electricity and water supply.
Private company Kaia Works Limited has been engaged to do the scoping. K100, 000 was presented for initial groundwork.
The District Administration wants all stakeholders to cooperate to have the airstrip reopened.
With clearance of the runway going ahead, Outback Aviation, a third level airline company, is set to make its first flight at the end of this month.
Despite the airstrip situated on State Land, locals who have gardens on the fringes of the airstrip, will be compensated.
Many have welcomed the decision to see one of the oldest airstrips in Simbu reopened.
The Kerowagi Airstrip was originally opened in 1938. It was one of the oldest airstrips pre-Independence. However it was closed in 1968.