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WWII remains cleared from 2023 Pacific Games sites
06:01 am GMT+12, 21/05/2020, Solomon Islands

The report on the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) work on clearing the sites for the 2023 Pacific Games stadiums and facilities in Honiara is expected to be finalised at the end of the month.
 
Work on clearing these sites according to UXO Team supervisor Albert IIisia started on Wednesday 06 May and is expected to be completed on 29 May.
 
National Hosting Authority (NHA) Chief Executive Officer Christian Nieng told SunSPORTS that work on clearing the sites at Panatina and King George Six will continue over the coming days in order to get the sites ready for the next stage of construction.
 
He said the UXO work had been a good exercise and was necessary to allow the PRC design team who will construct the stadium to start the Geo-Tech work on these sites.
 
“The UXO work is ongoing. Final reports expected by end of the month to prepare for PRC design work to start,” Nieng said.
 
“Some of the findings the UXO team has uncovered so far include some live ammunitions of 50mm shells, Japanese grenade, shell casing of ammunition fired from ships, loads of anti-aircraft machine gun bullets.
 
“There was an airfield mating site uncovered and also some fuel drums plus other things. These were found at SINIS area, SINI Panatina filed and KGVI fields. So this is a really good exercise.
 
“The Geo-Tech work has already started however these sites need to be cleared first before they do Geo-Tech,” The NHA CEO said.
 
Meanwhile key projects confirmed by NHA for construction are the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sports High Performance Center at the former SINPF land) funded by Solomon Islands government, Multipurpose Futsal Hall at the SINU Panatina funded by Indonesia and a total of seven projects to be funded by the People’s Republic of China to be constructed at the lands offered by SINU, SIFF and MEHRD.

SOURCE: ISLAND SUN/PACNEWS


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