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Two New Irish Crossings For Ba

Two New Irish Crossings For Ba
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar during the opening of the Irish Crossing in Vutuni, Ba yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
October 08
10:23 2015

About 2000 residents of Vutuni, Ba, are expected to benefit from the two new Irish crossings which were officially opened yesterday by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Kumar.

Mr Kumar said the two new crossings were expected to help in the transportation of more than 5000 tons of sugarcane and boost vegetable and livestock farming in the area.

“We as Fijians of Ba must put to good use these bridges that the Bainimarama Government has constructed for our community which now connects us to each other,” he said.

Mr Kumar said the Fijian Government had invested a total of $2.6 million in the construction of the two crossings.

“Our 2013 Constitution has put aside divisive policies of the past to ensure that all Fijians have access and equal rights to Government services,” he said.

“Whether you live in remote villages in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu or in our furthest maritime islands, it is the intention of the Bainimarama Government to extend to all Fijians the much- needed Government service and access to a brighter economic future.”

Mr Kumar said the new development had come in a timely manner.

“This capital project has been a long-time coming for the people of Ba. Not too long ago, we can recall the devastating floods of 2009, 2011 and 2012 plus the damage that tropical cyclone Evans brought upon the Western Division,” he said.

“Many of our citizens living in this area of Ba were severely affected when the two old crossings at Vutuni were damaged during this period.”

He credited the transformation of disaster-struck areas in the West to the bold decisions of the FijiFirst Government.

Rakiraki bridge

Meanwhile, Mr Kumar said the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama would officially open the Rakiraki Bridge on October 14.

“This $12-million investment by Government will surely put a smile back on our road commuters both private and commercial and ease the traffic flow into Rakiraki Town,” he said.

He said the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport was tasked to improve conditions of transportation in Fiji because of the legacy from past governments which showed a lack of interest in this area.

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