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Infrastructure And Transport Pumped Up With $134.2 Million

Infrastructure And Transport Pumped Up With $134.2 Million
Erosion at the Government wharf at Walu Bay
June 30
10:45 2017

Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport 2017-2018 has received a budget allocation of $134.2 million for 2017-2018.

It is an increase of $25.2 million which will be attributed to the increase in the operating expenditure for Land Transport Authority for the final payment and for Job Evaluation.

In addition to this 27 new jobs will be established for enforcement and compliance units at LTA.

LTA has received an allocation of $1.3 million.

This amount will facilitate an upgrade in network communication and infrastructure, expansion of online services and purchasing of equipment.

Furthermore, the increase in the budget for the ministry is due to the increase in capital expenditure as a result of expansion of the Rural Electrification Programme.

Major grids and extension projects under the ministry has received a budget of $11.5 million.

This work will involve solar home systems and maintenance of existing solar home systems.

Meanwhile at least 3396 households will benefit from the grid extension projects in the Central, Western and Northern Division totaling $42.6 million.

Fiji Electricity Authority tasked grid extension projects at the cost of $29,085,536 will cater for 150 schemes for the year 2017-2018.

Furthermore, $2.0 million has been allocated to install proper wiring in homes that will connect to the FEA grid system.

The total budget allocated for the Grid Extension Programme is $31, 085,536.

The installation of new solar home systems has been allocated $11,543,717.

And this programme installs new solar home systems in households located in rural areas that do not have access to electricity and are far from the FEA gridlines.

Moreover, 2600 households in the Western, Northern and Eastern divisions will benefit from the project at a cost of $10.4m.

And for those houses which have previously installed solar home systems $1.1 million has been allocated to maintain and purchase spare parts.

A sum of $500,000 has been allocated under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport for the construction of a retaining wall to prevent erosion at the Government wharf at Walu Bay.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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