DEPUTY opposition leader Sam Basil has questioned what he sees as the unfair distribution of road projects by works minister Francis Awasa.
Mr Basil said a section of the Bulolo Highway has been eroded by the Snake River and this has been reported to the authorities for urgent upgrade but nothing has been done so far.
He said that instead Mr Awasa spent K22 million to upgrade feeder roads in Finschhafen while the urgent Bulolo highway request is pending.
"Why is Francis doing this?" Mr Basil asked. "A few weeks ago his department supported and approved a K89 million World Bank funded East Cape Road in Alotau. Why is he neglecting the Bulolo road when it is urgent."
Mining companies operating in Bulolo have also written to national authorities but have received no response.
"The highway serves mining companies, coffee traders, gold traders, PNG Forest Products, Zenag Chicken, the Menyamya people, the Bulolo people and the Huon Gulf people," Mr. Basil said.
Mr Awasa said the opposition must not sensationalise the road issue because of politics.
"This is no longer politics or whatever he thinks,” Mr Basil retorted. “This is bloody more serious than what he thinks!
"We need this economic road to be fixed and he must stop putting money into the non-economic roads driven by political alliances.
"If such unfair distribution continues, we will ask for all taxes generated from those mines to be withheld to cater for infrastructure in within its area of operations.
“New Ireland and Morobe's call for autonomy must be seriously considered," a frustrated deputy opposition leader said.