Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill has given assurance that the Government is very committed to maintain the Highlands Highway for the benefit of the people.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill also assured Parliament that the Simbu section of the Highlands Highway will be upgraded to a very high standard so that the landslips that continue to block the road side will not happen in the future.
The Prime Minister was taken to task yesterday by Chuave MP Wera Mori to explain why the Government was neglecting the Highway and also the delay in the construction of the Simbu section of the Highlands Highway.
Mr Mori was specifically speaking on the upgrading and sealing of the Elimbari road and upgrade and link up of Kamaliki, Ungai Muavei and Chuave by-pass and including the Daulo Pass.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill told Parliament yesterday that he was not aware of the delay but will seek clarification from the Works Department before making a detailed response to Mr Mori and the Parliament.
He singled out however, assuring that the newly approved new facility worth US$500 million from the Asian Development Bank for the Highlands Highway will have most of it go towards the Simbu section of the Highlands Highway.
"I am not aware of why the delay is taking place but I want to assure the Member that the Elimbari Road and of course the Kamaliki to Muave to Chuave Road is an important by pass for the Highlands Highway especially when we have the landslips along the Daulo pass and it is important that we continue to provide that bypass and maintain it so that vehicles can use in times of closure of the main Highlands Highway,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said.
"It will be upgraded to a very high standard and so that the landslips that continue to block the road side will not happen in the future," he said.