Motor Vehicles Tripled On Our Roads: Nath
The number of motor vehicles on Fiji roads has tripled in the past three to four years, a business forum heard yesterday.
This was outlined by the Transport and Infrastructure Assistant Minister Vijay Nath.
Mr Nath was one of the panellists during the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry, West Business Forum at Fiji National University lecture theatre, Nadi.
He spoke on the issues of road and traffic congestion and the work of the Ministry in curbing it.
Mr Nath said the Ministry alongside other stakeholders and statutory authorities had implemented a number of strategies to combat traffic congestion.
“The number of vehicles on our roads has tripled and the challenge on traffic congestion and the need to address these issues cannot be overstated,” he stressed.
“The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) which is a statutory authority under my ministry finds that during peak hours there is increased traffic by 22 per cent and the total time by 25 minutes.”
But Mr Nath said there were at least 70 programmes in a strategy that was developed by FRA for 2015-2030 to curb the problem of congestion.
He said these included, bus channels, lane traffic signals in the section upgrading and planning.
“Another major work currently being undertaken by FRA is navigating the issue of traffic congestions in road infrastructure capacity building,” Mr Nath said.
This includes projects such as the upgrading of the Nadi Airport to Denarau Island and the Suva to Nausori four lane roads.
Mr Nath added the Ministry was looking at a four lane road from Nadi to Lautoka.
“That is in our pipeline.”
He said the Land Transport Authority was working to mitigate traffic congestion using integrated approach planning for all the key stakeholders in building the services.
This, he further said would minimise the impact of transportation problem and was continuously monitoring the road network.
EDITED BY: FARZANA NISHA