PNG Defence Force Doing Maintenance On Highlands Highway

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Army providing security against landowner interference

By Jacob Pok

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 7, 2015) – Maintenance works on critical sections of the Highlands Highway are progressing well without any interference since the engagement of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force engineering wing to work on the projects and provide security at the same time.

Most of the work on various critical sections of the highway had been delayed due to interferences by landowners claiming compensation.

However, since the engagement of the PNGDF soldiers under an existing memorandum of understanding with the Works Department, work progressed smoothly with no more interference from locals living along the highway.

Most of the upgrading work on the highway in Eastern Highlands, Chimbu and parts of Enga and Southern Highlands provinces had been promptly attended to by Works engineers with the assistance of the soldiers.

Last Friday, Works Secretary David Wereh used the long Easter weekend to inspect the sections of the highway by road from Morobe all the way to Enga and Southern Highlands provinces.

He met with the soldiers and commended them for honouring the partnership and working closely with the respective provincial Works engineers to ensure work is carried out promptly.

Mr Wereh said the partnership between the department and the PNGDF will go a long way and should be maintained to ensure services are delivered without delay.

He also visited parts of the Madang-Ramu Highway and was pleased to witness the first emergency restoration work on a bridge linking the Ramu-Madang Highway which was completely destroyed during the recent bad weather.

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