Construction On Delayed Cook Islands Water Project To Start-Up Again

Te Mato Vai project still yet to resolve land ownership issues

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, June 9, 2016) – Work on the Te mato Vai project will resume on Friday.

CCECC (China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation) workers and local contractors will be back on the job tomorrow, laying the bypass around the section of the back road ring main that the project has not been able to secure access to.

While some workers may need to return from China, CCECC believes it has sufficient qualified staff here to make a start.

The bypass will see pipes laid from the two ends of the incomplete back road ring main, down to the main road, and then another length of pipe laid between those two ends to link them up.

The government announced last week that work was to resume on the pipeline following a pause while attempts were made to secure access to land in the two to three kilometre gap in the back road between Kauare and Avaavaroa.

There are still oustanding land access issues, including not being able to get a quorum for landowner meetings, or find landowners for some of the parcels of land along the route; so the decision to bypass that gap in the meantime was taken, so as not to delay completion of the project. About 90 per cent of stage one has already been completed well within the contract time.

The project unit is advising motorists to once again take care in the areas where roadworks will take place.

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