21 Jul 2011

Lack of basic infrastructure hurting PNG town

11:09 am on 21 July 2011

The president of the Chamber of Commerce in Kundiawa in Papua New Guinea's Simbu Province says the government needs to show some initiative and sort out the problems that are crippling the town.

For the past few months Air Niugini, has chosen not to operate its services to Kundiawa's airport due to a broken fence around the runway.

The city's water supply remains switched off due to an ongoing court battle and three weeks ago the hospital closed its doors citing the unreliable water source.

The president of the Kundiawa Chamber of Commerce Gerard Phillip, who's lived in the town for 21 years, says nothing changes.

"No government or administration has made any good decision to have another water source, there are some other places where the water could be taken from or there is a big river that is very close to the town. Water could be pumped from there but that has to be done by the government and nobody has taken the initiative to do anything about it."

Gerard Phillip says people either have to go to the river and collect water or get rations from the town's water tank.