Public Works Begins Demolition of Structures

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The Ministry of Public Works (MOPW) has set October 26, 2015 as the date to begin the demolition and clearing exercise to clear the path near the Monrovia Industrial Park.

The Monrovia Industrial Park (MIP) is located near the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC) in Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.

During the exercise, all unfinished and unoccupied structures within the park area will be demolished and cleared, the Ministry said.

The Ministry made the disclosure in a Draft Proposal on the Somalia Drive-MIP Demolition Exercise, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) has said.

The Ministry however advised that residents who have encroached on the park facility will be given time to move from the reclaimed land area before their structures can be demolished. There was no set time frame for affected residents to relocate.

The MOPW in collaboration with the Liberia National Police (LNP), Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and the National Investment Commission (NIC) on Thursday, October 8, started a ten-day clearing exercise on the Somalia Drive removing damaged vehicles, scrap metals from vehicles and debris from the edge of the existing riding surface on the left side of the road beginning from the Free Port of Monrovia area.

The Somalia Drive-MIP clearing and demolition is intended to pave the way for the resumption of the Somalia Drive road construction, which was halted last year when contractors of Dai Nippon, a Japanese Construction Company, were forced to depart the country due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.

The Government of Japan is funding the project.

Both the Somalia Drive and the MIP clearing and demolition exercises will last for approximately three months, the Ministry said in the draft proposal.

Meanwhile, LINA said it gathered that the Japanese contractors have begun returning to Liberia to resume the project following the end of the health crisis that claimed more than 4,000 lives in Liberia.

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