3,000 Settlers Evicts For PNG Capital Road Construction Having Hard Time

Government allegedly provided little warning, no compensation to people who have lived on land for two generations

By Luke Kama

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Dec. 5, 2016) – More than 3000 settlers from Morata One in the National Capital District were forcefully evicted by the city authority to allow construction of a new road from Gerehu to Waigani.

The evicted settlers were now finding it hard to resettle and start a new life again after their homes and properties were destroyed by the city authority last week.

Morata One committee leader Eric Steven said National Capital District Commission (NCDC) failed to allocate new land or pay them compensation to start a new living prior to destroying their homes and properties and forcefully evicting them.

“We have been living in that piece of land for almost two generations now because it’s a customary land and not state land,” Steven told The National.

“However, we were issued a stop- work notice by NCDC on Aug 23, 2016 and a week later on Aug 30, 2016 we were issued a demolition notice.

“There was no eviction notice and now more than 120 houses were demolished, which include rent houses and about 3500 people are displaced and we are helpless.

“We want Governor Powes Parkop to come clear on that arrangement and address our problem.”

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