By WALLACE KIALA
THE completion of the K2.3 million redevelopment of the Waigani market in the National Capital District in late July will ease the crowded Rainbow and other undesignated markets in Port Moresby.
The National Capital District Commission (NCDC) last August attributed the delay in the completion of the upgrade to late overseas shipment of construction materials for the contractors.
Quality Renomaint Contractors only began work last September.
Earlier this year, the NCDC also highlighted public concerns in recent weeks about the crowded Rainbow and Malaoro markets which were becoming a public hazard due to the lack of an all-weather shelter, toilets and proper garbage disposal facilities, and one (Rainbow) being too close to the main road.
The office of the director for community and social services in NCDC last week said markets such as the one at Garden Hills and Rainbow and other smaller ones scattered throughout the city, were listed by City Hall as undesignated markets.
Determined to ensure that markets are suitable, healthy and safe, NCDC last year allocated a total of K3.7 million for the rehabilitation of market facilities which NCD Governor Powes Parkop announced in April.
The Waigani market was allocated the biggest share of K2.3million out of the K3.7million, while the balance would be used to rehabilitate other markets in the city.