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MPW to reconstruct rural roads with a length of 291 kilometers

MPW to reconstruct rural roads with a length of 291 kilometers

DILI, 08 february 2021 (TATOLI)— The Ministry of Public Work (MPW)’s Department of roads and Bridges will focus on the rehabilitation and construction of 291 kilo meter of rural roads, through the Roads for Development Program (R4D) in Timor-Leste.

The National Director of Roads and Bridges, João Mário Gama de Sousa, said the budget for the project has been approved within this year.

“Our plan in 2021 is to focus on the rehabilitation and construction of the rural roads in all municipalities with a length of 291 kilometer and also open the public tender sequentially,” Director Sousa told Tatoli at his office, Comoro yesterday.

At present the MPW through National Provision Department (NPD) begin to open public tender on the rural roads project in four municipalities, such as Manatutu, Lautem, Ainaro and Baucau.

MPW will also focus on the reconstruction of municipalities roads which is 380-kilometer in length, urban roads 149 kilometers and 49 kilometer of national roads.

The road tender will be responsible by the provision department.

The MPW will also focus on the construction of ten bridges, yet the detail of the design has yet to finish, and according to Sousa they will complete the roads design this year to start with the tender.

“The ten bridges have the detailed design from the consultors, it supposed to finished on december 2020, but we made an extension to complete the design in march this year, and once the design is finished we will begin to open the tender,” he said.

The budget allocated to MPW is $240,673,539. While $25,159,778 will be spending for the development of the construction, rehabilitation, maintenance and management of roads, bridges and other control of natural disaster which is equal to 10,5% from the total of state budget.

 Journalist: Florêncio Miranda Ximenes

Editor: Julia Chatarina

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