WORKS and Implementation Minister Francis Awesa yesterday expressed disappointment at the slow progress of two important road links in Enga and the Southern Highlands.
Awesa made a surprise visit to inspect progress of the Kandep-Mendi and Kandep-Laiagam roads and warned contractors and engineers that the roads, which were commissioned a year ago, were progressing far too slowly.
The K500 million road is funded by a loan from the Asian Development Bank and built by a Chinese firm, Covec Ltd.
Awesa met with ADB engineers on site as well as Covec’s contracting engineers.
“Contractors must comply with all standards for the ADB K500 million Mendi-Kandep and Kandep-Laiagam roads.
“Works engineers must work with the consulting engineers to ensure claims of work being done are certified before any payment is made.
“It is important this is done as it is the people who are paying the ADB loan,” Awesa said.
He warned that while progress on the roads must pick up, he would not tolerate any short-cuts by contractors and engineers.