Residents of Tasion Police Barracks block off road

Residents of Tasion Police Barracks blocked off the new four-lane road that runs beside their homes this morning.

The new road starts from Gerehu to Nine-Mile in the National Capital District.

Their petition, sighted by Loop PNG, states that the road will be reopened after the construction of the new houses, to relocate the 46 affected families of policemen and women, is completed.

The National Capital District Commission and road contractor agreed to relocate the families by building new houses a few metres away from the current barracks location, but construction is yet to start.

John Tarur, speaking on behalf of the concerned residents, said: “The health of policemen and women and families residing in the vicinity of the road is a health concern now.       

“Because of sewage leaking from pumps and also dust from the road construction.”

He added that power poles are also a concern.

Media was given a tour of the area and saw three sewerage pipes leaking out human waste into the drain.

Tarur claimed that was caused by the road works. 

Meanwhile, NCD Governor Powes Parkop told Loop PNG: “I am not aware of their (residents’) concerns until now (when informed by Loop).”

Charles Yapumi