Construction work in the second phase of the multi-billion naira Rainbow Town Housing Development project in Port Harcourt, Rivers State is in top progress as work advanced to the seventh floor of some of the twin point blocks of 15 story buildings.
The Weekend Tide investigation at the site of the Housing Estate Development on Wednesday, revealed that the progress recorded in the on-going property development was due to the special building technology being used by the construction firms executing the project.
It was gathered that the new building technology is designed in such a way that under normal circumstance, construction companies are expected to finish a floor of a building in a maximum of ten days.
Our source further disclosed that the special technology is designed as a finished construction and that there is no need for plastering of the building after construction.
The Weekend Tide also discovered that construction giants handling the Housing development fully mobilized workers and heavy equipment to the site in preparation to meet the new target given for the companies to complete the point blocks of the housing estate.
It was however gathered that the initial target of May 2010 for the completion of the point blocks could not be realized due to early rainfall in Rivers State, technical and logistic challenges.
The Weekend Tide could not get the new deadline set for the completion of the point blocks as our sources maintained sealed lips on the issue.
In the same vein, fixing of glass windows and electrical fittings were in progress in the first phase of two and three storey buildings in the housing estate when The Weekend Tide visited the project site on Wednesday.
When contacted for comments, the construction manager of the site, Mr Okpe told The Weekend Tide team that he needs clearance from the head office of the company in Lagos to make press comments on the project.
It will be recalled that Rivers State government under the leadership of Hon Chibuike Amaechi and First Bank Plc commenced work on Rainbow Housing Development project under public private partnership (PPP) to tackle housing challenges in the state due to influx of foreigners and other Nigerians because of oil and agro-allied industries in the state.