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A trade store owner from Ifieg village in Amanab, Vanimo Green River district is very concerned the deteriorating roads to his village are costing him a lot to move store goods from Vanimo.
Marvlen Srai posted a few pictures of the struggles they go through maneuvering the muddy roads between Biaka and Amanab for several years.
“See this is my concern. I am not making money,” he said.
At times he said he pays men and women to carry his store goods to the village.
“Spending more money on this rugged road with pot holes, drains and mixture of mud with water,” he said.
The road was constructed between 1987 and 1992 by the Delta Corporation which began working from Green River when construction machines were transported up the Sepik River and offloaded at Dio Landing in Green River.
The road construction ceased near Imonda after passing through Amanab.
Srai said it was during Wap Yawo’s term as the open member for Vanimo Green River when the hinterland part of the district was almost connected to the sea side northern border town of Vanimo. But things have regressed.
He has called on Opposition Leader Belden Namah who is also the Vanimo Green River MP to consider funding for these roads.
“Look people did what they can do to sustain their living,” he said referring to the temporary logs placed on the muddy patches that the truck can maneuver through.
Srai is a former Heli Niugini load master who has since returned to the village to help develop the hinterland communities of Vanimo Green River.
One of the projects they have progressed is constructing a church building which they hope to launch soon but with missing important infrastructure like roads, it costs the community additional money.
Cars travelling to Amanab from Vanimo take the logging road south to the border of Amanab and Green River LLG at Biaka village and then turn right travelling north again to Amanab.
Amanab used to be the district headquarters for Green River and Imonda sub-districts.