Teine: Govt must release road funds

Highlands, Normal

The National- Wednesday, January 19, 2011

 KUNDIAWA-Gembogl MP Joe Mek Teine has called on the government to provide urgent funding to upgrade the Kundiawa to Gembogl road.

Funds for this particular road were approved by the government last year and construction work was to start in three stages.

Teine said the Works department conducted bidding from road contractors last year and Shorncliffe of Lae was awarded the project.

“It is now learnt that the contractor, Shorncliffe wanted to start the operation last year but was held back by the department of Works because of lack of funding.

“I am going to ask the minister for Works and deputy Prime Minister Sam Abal to make sure that the government keeps its commitment to the Chimbu people by making funds available for the road works to start this year,” Teine said.

Teine also assured the people of upper Chimbu on the rural electrification projects and said funding was made available to PNG Power last year to complete the power lines from Duglpak to Goglme station but the delay was with the company.

“We are waiting for the power line connection to get through to light up the Goglme station, which is already wired up on a joint project between the PNG Sustainable Development Program and myself,” he said.