BY BEN BILUA
CONSTRUCTION of Gizo Satellite Market has reached its final phase and is progressing well.
The development is carried out by Community Access and Urban Services Enhancement (CAUSE) Project, Western Branch with the support of World Bank.
In an interview with this paper, Penny Aloysio Siliake of CAUSE project Gizo said CAUSE Project has engaged three separate groups in the construction of the market.
He explained that the first group completed their task early this year – and that is construction of the market building.
“Currently, there are two groups working on the ground. One is focusing on the drainage system and the other group is constructing the market’s Ablution block,” Siliake said.
He said the project is expected to be completed around May this year before handover to the Western Provincial Government.
“Ablution block expected to complete around May and drainage with fence complete end this months,” Siliake said.
He said the Satellite Market known as the Banana Valley Satellite Market in Gizo was one of the projects initiated as part of covid-19 resilience programme.
Siliake told this paper that the satellite market will expand and improve the existing Market facilities in Gizo and at the same time solve the issue of over-crowded at the current market.
“So basically, the idea is to help promote social distancing at the same time provide enough space for vendors to sell their products,” he said.
Siliake said the project is progressing well but depends on the weather to meet the deadline.