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Monday, March 05, 2007

Honiara City work towards a new look this year thanks to MID

Visitors to the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara will see a big difference this year as the city is purged of its usual look thanks to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID).

While the Ministry has been promoting its image through the media it is also tendering cleaning of the main road from White River, west of Honiara, to the Lungga Bridge in the east, as well as some feeder roads.

The first two of several tenders being advertised publicly in the media have been won by two groups: Liu Enterprise and Honiara Beautification Committee.

On Friday last week leaders of the two groups signed their contracts with Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Mr. Peter Hauia.

Keithie Saunders, from the Honiara Beautification Committee signed a contract worth more than $400,000.00 for the main road cleaning of road pavement and verges maintenance from White River to the Lungga bridge.

Liu Enterprise won a tender worth about $200,000.00 for cleaning and maintenance of drainage system along the main road.

Manager of the Liu Enterprise, Mr. Jones Tauakalo said his group had already started work. He said his contract involves regular cleaning of blockages in culverts and drainage system. His work also involves removal of debris and mud deposits which are usually left after a big down pour of rain in the capital.

The involvement of these groups will see a facelift for the Honiara city. All contracts will be for a period of one year.

Honiara city has been described as the dirtiest city in the Pacific.

Youth and other church groups usually do the roadside cleaning along the city main road. But the city image will improve only if visitors and residents of the city change their behaviour and do the right things with their refuse and rubbish.

Source: GCU

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