PNG’S OVERBURDENED MADANG GROWING TOO FAST

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PNG’S OVERBURDENED MADANG GROWING TOO FAST Squatters fouling the town

By Poreni Umau PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov 2, 2010) – Madang town has lately caught the attention of investors and people flooding into the province to look for job opportunities with new projects coming up.

[PIR editor’s note: Madang is the capital city of Madang Province and is located on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. It has an estimated population of 27, 420 people.]

Ten years ago, Madang [province] had a population of 365,106 people with 28,547 living in the town but this has greatly increased. There has been an influx of people who have turned to settlements for accommodation while rental houses on Krangket Island have been sold out like hot cakes. The influx has been a concern for the Madang Chamber of Commerce about people sleeping in Personal Motor Vehicle (PMV) buses, at Kalibobo Lighthouse, Three Line Stores and other public areas.

Chamber President Stotick Kamya said people sleeping in areas like Kalibobo Lighthouse and along Machine Gun beach have been careless by using the beachfront to relieve themselves and dump rubbish. He said the disgusting smell of human waste and rubbish along these areas was not a healthy practice. He said that even PMV drivers were using the ovals and other public areas as their workshop to fix their vehicles and in the process were killing the grass from the leaking oils.

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