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Have Patience, Bala Urges Nawaicoba Residents

Have Patience, Bala Urges Nawaicoba Residents
Residents of Nawaicoba in Nadi raise their concerns with Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala, at Nawaicoba Public School on September 20, 2017. Photo: Peni Shute
September 22
11:00 2017

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Bala has reassured residents of Nawaicoba in Nadi that Government would fix all roads by next year but it would take some time for upgrade works to be completed.

This is after concerns were raised by residents in the area at Nawaicoba Public School in Nadi on Wednesday night.

Mr Bala told residents that Government for the last two to three years had allocated around  $5 million to Fiji Roads Authority for road upgrades.

Nawaicoba and Yako Advisory Councillor, Kuar Singh said that road conditions in their area had become a concern for residents.

He also requested if Government could look into tar sealing gravel roads in the area because of dust as students use these roads daily.

In response, Mr Bala said Government’s policy was that all roads near schools whether it was in the rural or urban areas would be tarsealed.

For the past years, he added Fiji Roads Authority had started upgrading roads along the Suva – Nausori corridor including Nadi and Namaka which was expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Mr Bala said after all these roads were upgraded then FRA would start work in areas like Nawaicoba and other places where road upgrades were yet to be completed.

“This is the whole programme of Government, but I need to say this that you need to have patience,” he said.

“All I ask is for your patience because we are all aware of Government’s allocation to FRA on road upgrades, so we have got a plan in place, all cane access and private roads upgrade will be undertaken by FRA.”

Mr Bala said that FRA would fix all roads in the country but it would take time.

“It cannot happen overnight, I will be foolish to say that it will happen overnight, it can’t but gradually it will happen and this is what we are thinking about right now, all roads should go under Fiji Roads Authority, they should upgrade those roads.

“It is just a matter of time and of course we are asking for your patience,” he said.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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