PNG WATERBOARD is seeking approval from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to draw down approximately K600 000 for the continuation of the second phase of the Kundiawa-Gembogl pipeline relocation in Simbu province.
In a recent meeting with the ADB team, the PNG Waterboard's executives from the development division said the relocation is required to be done as part of the road widening and upgrading on this section of the highway which is prone to landslips.
Work started early last year when the ADB released a K400 000 funding and has been continuing since.
Principal Engineer Luke Thomas revealed that the meeting with the ADB team was a follow-up of a recent field trip to Kundiawa and meetings with the Simbu provincial administration on the major road project.
The team 'strongly recommended' that the second phase of the pipeline relocation be done during the road construction stage which Mr Thomas said will ensure road slopes are stabilised and widened for excavation for the pipeline relocation.
Mr Thomas however said issues such as land acquisition, crop compensation, land registration and compensation must be sorted out first to ensure the project is not stalled as the land is traditionally owned.
Currently, work is on-going and a total of about 2.5 kilometers from Kundiawa to the Ur water intake will be relocated.
Meanwhile, Member for Kundiawa Joe Mek Teine recently funded a feasibility study for the Mongoma to Kundiawa alternate water source which was carried out by Waterline - a private water supply consultant.