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Farmers Praise Irish Crossing Fix

Farmers Praise Irish Crossing Fix
Vakabuli Paipai Advisory Councillor Shamshad Ali at the crossing which Government had built. PHOTO CHARLES CHAMBERS
April 19
10:00 2016


A rural sugar cane farming community has praised Government for their quick response in re-building an Irish crossing.

The Vakabuli Paipai Crossing was completely washed away during Cyclone Winston and two weeks after by the heavy rain cause by Cyclone Zena.

Vakabuli advisory councillor Shamshad Ali said eight days after TC Winston, Government put up a temporary crossing that enabled people to go to work and send produce to the market.

“Although the temporary crossing allowed light goods vehicles to pass, this soon changed after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama visited the area,” Mr Ali said.

“Two days after the PM’s visit, the crossing was upgraded where heavy goods vehicles, including buses can now cross.”

The crossing, according to Mr Ali was built in 1962 by the fathers of farmers who live in the area.

The crossing has always been a problem for those living on the other side as each time there was a heavy downpour crossing was impossible.

Sometimes this happened when people were coming home from work and had to wait till late at night for the waters to recede.

“The quick response by the Commissioner Western’s Office is appreciated,” Mr Ali said.

“Even after TC Winston, Government was quick to respond supplying tarpaulins, rations and tents to those affected.

“My only request right now is that Government cement the head wall of the crossing as the approach to both sides gets washed away when it rains.”

This was also the case for another bridge in the area, the Vitogo Paipai bridge approach.

Mr Ali said this would save Government a lot of money as the temporary gravel fill was washed away during heavy rain.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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