PM to give detailed report on highway upgrade

Prime Minister James Marape will respond in detail on the progress of the rehabilitation of the Highlands Highway; the 430 kilometer national highway from Nadzab in Morobe Province to Kagamuga in Western Highlands.

Governor for Jiwaka, Dr William Tongamp, had raised concerns that the K3 billion ADB funded project has been launched almost a year ago, but there are sections of the highway where work has not begun yet, including road designs.

Dr Tongamp wanted to know if the three contracting companies are fully mobilised; how much each has received already and how far they have done their share of the work.

The Jiwaka Governor was concerned that the 61 kilometre stretch of road between Simbu to Western Highlands section – which also runs through his province – has not picked up yet.

Governor Tongamp said disappointingly, the Department of Works have not set up an office in the province to oversee the project.

The Prime Minister will respond to the Governor’s concerns in detail later this week.

He also called on the Department of Works to set up office in Jiwaka.

Salome Vincent