By PISAI GUMAR
THE Menyamya district has received a K3 million cheque for the second phase of a road rehabilitation project from the Department of National Planning and Monitoring.
The organic coffee producing district in Morobe province had used K1.2 million from its district service improvement fund (DSIP) funds since 2008 to carry out the first phase.
MP Benjamin Philip said the funding assistance from both the National and the provincial governments in previous years were all exhausted to improve the condition of the road.
“This is to ensure socio-economic activities continue to flow smoothly.
The K3 million will be used for the second phase, which is the 96km road from Bulolo town to Menyamya station.
“The contracting company, East West, was engaged to carry out the work by the provincial tender and supply board. The Department of Works district unit will assist,” he said.
The scope would include construction of proper drainage and bridges, replacing culverts, additional gravel on wet road portions and expansion of narrow passages and mountain points.
“As the area is prone to wet weather and landslides, we are seeking engineering advice to improve the standard of the road,” he said.
The district administration has also allocated another K300,000 from DSIP funds to maintain the 8km portion of the 22km road from Yamaya to Anandoa at Kapau LLG in Aseki.
Another K300,000 was allocated for the 12km link at Wiyama to Kwakabe and Lagae villages in Kome LLG, he said.
Mr Philip said the district had two submissions to the National Government.
One was for the K17.9 million major road maintenance and the other was the K3 million for emergency maintenance work.
He said he had not received any response yet.
The Morobe provincial government had committed K200,000 and Governor Luther Wenge committed K500,000 for Menyamya road rehabilitation work this year.