EAST NEW BRITAIN PUSHES FOR BRIDGES, ROADS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, June 28) – Lawmakers from the Papua New Guinea province of East New Britain say they will support the implementation of Phase II of the Yumi Yet Bridge Program.

Speaking at the launching of one such bridge at Matanakunai in the Rabaul District, Rabaul Member of Parliament Allan Marat said the nation needs these bridges to link rural farmers with markets in urban centers.

Marat said PNG needs a good road network to enable the farmers and the ordinary people to bring their produce to markets.

Marat and ENB governor Leo Dion both agreed that these bridges are of high quality and could last for up to 80 years.

Under the Yumi Yet Bridge Program, one bridge has to be built in each of the four electorates.

The 48-metre bridge was built in two months at a cost of K1 million.

The bridge is one of four bridges built in the province. The others are at Warapukpuk, Rapitok and Warangoi. The Rapitok bridge has already been opened, the one at Warapukpuk has been completed, but is yet to be commissioned.

Work on the Warongoi bridge has been suspended but will resume soon, according to project engineer Hans Sarua

Mr Sarua said the Warangoi project would take four weeks to build.

June 29, 2004

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