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Sakoca Roads Upgrade

Residents of Sakoca, Tacirua, after years of travelling on porthole-ridden roads, can now look forward to better roads in the near future. The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has started upgrading
05 Apr 2015 10:21
Sakoca Roads Upgrade

Residents of Sakoca, Tacirua, after years of travelling on porthole-ridden roads, can now look forward to better roads in the near future.

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has started upgrading the road network in the area which house a settlement and access to the Tacirua Housing Estate.

The cost of the upgrade is $1.3 million.

This was confirmed by FRA spokesperson Onarina Umu.

“There are different ways that FRA is addressing the needs of the road transport network in Fiji, in particular FRA’s 10-year strategy that is in use to recover the road network.  This road happens to be on this year’s programme,” Ms Umu said.

“We live in a time where infrastructure is critical and necessary and people have needs and wants to access and services almost instantly.”

He said planning for the upgrade started two years ago.

“We looked at the state of the network and we made a decision which would allow us to focus on the long gain.”

A shopkeeper in the area, Sashi Kapoor, 46, said poor road conditions in the past also affected his business.

“I am happy that they are starting to repair the road. This would support my business,” he said.

Sashi Bhan, 40, a tailor, said the upgrade would help many people, those working and students.

“People and students used to walk up to the Tamavua Primary School bus stop to catch the bus.

“I thank the Bainimarama Government for supporting us. He did what he promised during elections,” Ms Bhan said.

Rohit Ritesh Singh, 35, living in Sakoca for more than 20 years said they faced problems because taxi drivers used to refuse dropping people at their homes because of poor road conditions.

“Many times the roads were repaired, but when it rained the gravel used to get washed away. We made numerous complains to authorities but no action was taken. Finally the roads are getting repaired,” he said.

Vikash Prasad, 29, another resident, said the road condition had deteriorated over the years.

“The promise that this Government made when the election was near that they said they would look into the road condition for Sakoca people. Actually they have served their promise and we are grateful to the Government,” he said.

Saksham Chaudhary, 19, a student, is among those who gain from the project.

“This road would benefit many students residing in the area. I had lost hope that this road would be repaired, but now we will have proper road excess.”

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