Project on halt to allow police investigation


CONSTRUCTION work on the K87 million sewerage project for residents in Kokopo city, East New Britain, has been suspended for a month to allow police investigations into two recent deaths of construction workers.
Contractor China Jhiansu International (CJI) was working on the design and construction phase of the project.
The company was given a directive by the administration two weeks ago to stop work and allow for police to conduct investigations.
The provincial administration confirmed that yesterday.
Acting police Commander Inspector Joseph Tabali said police investigations started into the deaths of two local CJI employees while they were working in a trench along the Ralum Road about two weeks ago.
The victims, both from Kokopo district, were in the trench when the soil collapsed and buried them.
The bodies were dug out several hours later and they were pronounced dead on arrival at the Vunapope Saint Mary’s Hospital.
The accident has raised many safety issues in the province.
Tabali said police were trying to compile a report to submit to relevant authorities.
He appealed to the people to be cautious when walking near the trenches.
This sewerage system was expected to be completed late next year and is partly funded under a tourism development grant from the Government to ENB.

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