EDITORIAL- Road work must start unhindered

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FINAL documents for Phase II of the Kukum Highway Upgrading Project were signed in Honiara Monday this week.

Japan is funding the multi-million dollar road project.

It’s a continuation from phase I, which runs from the Honiara City Council round-about to Kukum Fisheries headquarters.

Phase II extends from Kukum up to Henderson.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development Stephen Maesiola and Emelito Recalde of Kitano Construction signed the final documents on Monday.

This process paves the way for work on the project to start next month, with its estimated completion on 30 June 2023.

This second phase is as important as the first.

It’s a project that Honiara desperately needs, especially as it prepares to host the 2023 Pacific Games.

More so, Honiara’s businesses need better roads to boost their operations and maximise profits.

Japanese engineers Kitano is bringing in for the construction are expected in the country on July 23, pending travel documents and approval from the COVID-19 Committee.

We can hope the COVID-19 Committee will efficiently play their facilitative role to ensure the engineers are here on schedule.

This project augers well with the 2023 Pacific Games Stadium Construction, funded by China, and the Honiara International Airport Upgrading Project, another Japanese Government project.

These three major projects are expected to significantly transform the physical face of Honiara at their competition.

With work about to start with the road project, betel nut vendors along the road must now dismantled their stalls and remove themselves.

The project and those carrying it out must be allowed to do their job unhindered.


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