Lae fish market to be completed soon: Contractor


THE Lae fish market is expected to be completed in three weeks, according to the contractor.
Joe Tariga, of Artyc Ltd, the construction company that is working on the market, said because of heavy rain recently, work was delayed for three weeks.
Tariga, who is the site supervisor overseeing the construction work, said they would build five big sheds and a storage facility for freezers, ice-making facilities and market tables and stools.
“The total value of the project is about K700,000,” Tariga said.
“It is funded directly by the National Fisheries Authority as a gift to the people of Morobe and Lae.
“We have applied for and won the tender to do the job.”
Tariga said 20 men started work on the shelters about eight weeks ago.
He explained that the first stage of the work involved building four sheds, chicken houses and tables and stools.
Tariga said the second phase, which is scheduled to start at the end of November, involved shed extension, freezer storage, ice-making shelters and installation of water tanks.
“After everything is done, we should have built four 40-metre sheds and a 20-metre shed, a freezer storage shed, an ice-making shed and tables and stools to cater for more than 250 vendors,” Tariga said.
He said they were initially building 120 tables and 120 stools for the vendors to use.
“NFA has appointed its own project manager for this project and that is Engcon Ltd,” Tariga said.
“Engcon is managing this project.” City manager Roy Kamen two weeks ago said the Lae City Council did not have any input in the construction and funding work of the fish market.
He said they are nonetheless pleased that the long-neglected market was getting a facelift.
Kamen said the new sheds at the market would not only cater for fishermen but people selling garden produce as well.

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