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The Kiribati Government celebrated the completion of the renovation of the Nippon Causeway Project at a handing over ceremony in Betio last week.
President Taneti Maamau thanked the Government and people of Japan for their generosity and support in funding the renovation of the causeway at a cost of more than 3 billion Yen or AUD$50 million.
President Maamau said the project demonstrated the strong cooperation and friendship between Kiribati and Japan and was in line with the Kiribati Vision for 20 Years through the improvement of connectivity between communities, improved traffic flows allowing for quicker travel to markets, opening the way for industrial entrepreneurs, providing access to major ports and enhancing economic activity and productivity to improve overall social and economic well-being of the people.
The Nippon Causeway was constructed by Dai Nippon Construction (DNC) and engineering work was done by CTI Engineering.
Japan’s Ambassador to Kiribati, Masahiro Omura represented the Government of Japan at the ceremony.
The reconstruction involves strengthening its embankment and widening the existing bridge followed by asphalt paving. New utility box along the causeway accommodates water pipeline, electricity and telecommunication cables which are the lifeline for the peoples’ daily lives. It is particularly designed for easy maintenance as well as protection of the causeway structure itself.
Road safety has also been improved with sufficient features such as street lights, road reflectors and speed humps.
The Nippon Causeway is the only link between the two most populated towns in Tarawa namely, Betio, where the country’s only international port is located, and Bairiki, an administrative centre that has most of the Government Ministries and offices.
SOURCE: RADIO KIRIBATI/PACNEWS
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