By BENORAH HESEHING
WORK will begin today to give Port Moresby’s iconic Ela Beach a K55 million facelift.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop said the redevelopment project involved the construction of a two-lane road and an extension of the beach by another 100 metres.
“THE work will begin tomorrow (today) and I am calling on the public for their understanding and cooperation,” Parkop told a media conference yesterday.
“There will be some disruptions for the earth work but we intend to keep the existing roads operational while the new lanes are being constructed.
“Some of the trees, shrubs and palms which provide shade would be removed to create way for construction.”
He added that the National Capital District Commission was doing all it could to retain the old trees. “We understood that the older trees were part of the Ela beach heritage and are working hard to save those, which can be saved,” Parkop said.
He said the people should not think about what they would lose, but what they would gain from the redevelopment project.
Moresby South MP and Minister for Sports and National Events Justin Tkatchenko said the project was a “fantastic achievement for NCDC”.
“We can plant advanced trees within the landscaping for Ela Beach to ensure what is replaced is suitable or even better,” he said