31 Mar 2003

PNG government to spend $US 61 million on Highlands highway

2:05 pm on 31 March 2003

The Papua New Guinea government says it expects to spend more than 61 million US dollars for the rehabilitation and development of the Highlands highway.

The project is to start next year and be completed in 2007.

The road construction and maintenance will cost more than 42 million dollars, while land and property compensation will incur expenditure of 7 million dollars.

The works minister, Don Poyle, says the highway, which is seen as the country's economic lifeline, has been allowed to deteriorate over the years and the commitment by the new government will have a significant financial implication on the state.