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Reddy Maps Plan To Tackle Town Flooding, Drainage

Reddy Maps Plan To Tackle Town Flooding, Drainage
January 25
15:17 2018

A $212,000 project by the Ministry of Waterways will soon take form to help address the issue of drainage and flooding in Rakiraki Town.

This was confirmed yesterday by Minister of Waterways Mahendra Reddy during a public consultation held at the Rakiraki Town Council Conference Room.

Mr Reddy said the initiative was a three-year programme and works were expected to start next month.

“This Saturday there will be a tender coming out to contract out a particular tender to dredge the river. This will happen in one-and-a-half month’s time for the particular project to begin,” he said.

“The establishment of the Ministry of Waterways demonstrates government’s commitment to ensure that issues like flooding are addressed.

“This is a long-term strategy where it recognises the importance of waterways. Up till now we still have not realised its importance. We have taken for granted that waterways are there. It is time to address it.”

Of late Rakiraki Town was subjected to flooding in February 2016, December 2017 and January 14 this year.

Mr Reddy said for too long the government has been dealing with the issue of flooding in towns and there was a need for a level of commitment to deal with this problem.

“Flooding happens at a particular point in time and that is the concern that we have at the moment,” he added.

“We need not talk more on what has happened in the past. All we need to do now is work together towards the future to help minimise floods.

“We are developing ways to deal with this problem holistically. It is about time we address the problems at the national level – the importance of waterways and what are the commitments in looking after waterways to ensure that future Fijians also have access to it.”

The Rakiraki Town Council will begin its work next Monday.

Here are the details of what is entailed in the entire project:

Back of MH Supermarket to Gafoor’s property – Clearing and constructing of new open channel drains on both sides

Back of Fiji Development Bank to Shiu Raj Supermarket – constructing of new open channel and installation of culverts.

Dr. Naidu to back of Adi’s Mote l- constructing and installation of new open channel drains and installation of culverts.

Dhiraj to CMF Church (Qelema Service Lane) – constructing of new drains and installation of culverts

Rear Service Lane (Naidu’s Building to Bank of Baroda) – clearing and construction of drains (Rockwall)

Adi’s Motel frontage to Nakauvadra River – clearing and constructing of drains

Back of Lin’s Bakery to main Nakauvadra River – clearing and widening of public drain links to main Nakauvadra River

Lands Authority Office to main Nakauvadra River – constructing of new open channel

Ram Murthi Main drain – constructing of new drains

MH Compound Road main drain – constructing and installation of new public drains

Back of Sunil Chand’s Lot, (off Vatmami) – cleaning of debris

Qelema (Besides Iguana Rentals towards Akbar Garage) – constructing of concrete open channel

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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