PNG soldiers guard Highlands Highway

7:22 pm on 20 February 2015

Papua New Guinea soldiers are being sent to monitor the Highlands highway to prevent people from unnecessarily blocking the highway and demanding compensation.

The Works Minister Francis Awesa told the Post Courier the government will take a strong stand to address the issue of land compensation following claims for compensation at a recent landslip.

The Highlands Highway in Papua New Guinea

The Highlands Highway in Papua New Guinea Photo: PNG PM's Office

Mr Awesa says compensation on road infrastructures has gone too far and out of control and as a responsible government action needs to be taken.

He says 80% of the country's freight is moved along the Highlands Highway so that generates the economy of the country.

The minister says the government has made a strong stand to get police and army in to maintain the situation.

100 army and police personnel will be deployed at four different areas along the highway.