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Plans to convert Settlements to Suburbs in Port Moresby to be launched soon

THE National Capital District Commission’s 15-year urbanisation plan to convert settlements into suburbs is to be launched soon, says City Manager Bernard Kipit.

He said cities around the world needed to have master plans to guide their growth and development, and Port Moresby was no exception.

He said the city’s urbanisation plan was a blueprint that would guide them on how to develop urban areas in terms of services and infrastructure taking into account population growth and the economy.

The commission hopes to launch the plan this month or after the New Year.

He said it was a general development plan that would guide the NCDC in planning for roads, water and power supply, sewerage and drainage, markets, schools, health and police services for detailed suburb planning to convert settlements in to suburbs.

He said a large number of workers lived in settlements because the high cost of housing and accommodation and the urbanisation plan aimed to turn settlements into proper and functional parts of the city; the commission hoped to create safer living spaces that had access to services including allowing residents to acquire homes.

Kipit said the plan would provide benefits for people regardless of their background but said they would not encourage grouping of people based on their ethnicity.

“NCDC will seriously take that issue (ethnic groups) into consideration when converting settlements into suburbs.

“Whether you like it not, NCDC will still order settlements in the greater interest of the city as ethnic differences in the city often undermines security,” he said.

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