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7 Years Of Wait Comes To An End: Kedralevu

7 Years Of Wait Comes To An End: Kedralevu
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the opening of the Nakabuta bridge in Nakabuta, Nadroga on September 6, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
September 07
12:17 2017

Finally, after seven years of biding their time, the villagers of Nakabuta in Nadroga are able to traverse the Vadakwa River with the opening of a $1.6 million bridge.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday officiated at the opening of the project.

Nadroga Province spokesperson Inoke Kedralevu said, “It is a happy day for us and for many reasons.”

He said: we are happy for the new bridge and its steel is just like your Government which is like steel also as you are the Chair of the Cop23 which is a huge achievement to be with big nations

we are happy for the ongoing development given to us including other Fijians.

“We are reading in the papers the development and even though we are not that educated but what we have read in the paper we are happy and do understand,” he said.

“This year also marks the 50th year for the tourists coming to this village just as the Shangri-La’s Fijian resort since they bring tourists over.

“People from Naitasiri and Tailevu have been part of this income generating project since then. In 2010 the bridge has been destroyed.

“We loved to wait and it has transpired today.

“This is a small village in the province of Nadroga but we have a big and steel bridge. We thank the Government for this.”

Mr Bainimarama said it took Fiji Roads Authority three months to complete the bailey bridge.

“For a long time your progress has been hindered and your access to many of the opportunities available in this great country were denied simply because you lacked a proper bridge,” he said.

“You can journey confidently even when it rains.”

The Nakabuta bridge was among a list of 100 bridges that needed upgrades by the Fiji Roads Authority.

Mr Bainimarama said the replacement of the bridge would enable villagers to commute regularly to urban centres for commercial purposes and ease of travel.

“We must ensure that farmers and artisans can get their crops and goods to the market and that families can get their healthcare and government services to be supplied with the goods they need for their homes and communities,” he said.

“We are embracing innovation and looking at better ways of getting things to meet these challenges.

“FRA has begun using Bailey modular bridges like these bridges which can be installed in a relatively short time and cost much less than a fixed bridge.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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