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Relief For Councillor After PM Gives Assurance

Relief For Councillor After PM Gives Assurance
Korotari foot bridge in Labasa on May 2. Photo: Shratika Naidu
May 03
11:00 2018

Korotari Advisory Councillor Satish Chand was a happy man yesterday after he was able to tell Prime Minis­ter Voreqe Bainimarama the problems they have been facing.

Mr Bainimarama has assured those present during discussions at the site that their prob­lems would be solved with the help of Fiji Roads Authority.

Mr Chand raised concerns in regards to the Korotari suspension bridge, transportation during sugar crushing season and the hill that they have to cross to go towards Siberia.

The suspension bridge in Korotari is used by 1200 people to access the main road.

“We used the river to transport our sugar­cane during crushing season. Now with the new bridge plan we are happy because we will be able to use vehicle to transport our sugarcane,” Mr Chand said.

“For the suspension bridge the base has shifted about one and a half metres on the other end because of flood water and rise in water levels during Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni.

“The road that is at the end that goes to Sibe­ria and there is a big hill and that is problem for us. It is good that FRA has said that it will look into the matter.”

Mr Bainimarama has asked the Fiji Roads Authority to make sure that the suspension bridge should be up and ready for use as soon as possible.

Mr Bainimarama said he was thinking of the children who use the suspension bridge to reach their respective schools.

“We will look into the hill that has been raised. It is good that an Irish crossing will be made by FRA to help the people that live in the area for crossing,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“The suspension bridge is to be made a pri­ority because the students use the bridge.”

Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore has assured the Prime Minister that they would look into the matter raised by the advisory council.

“The bridge engineer is coming out tomor­row (Thursday) to do his inspections on the suspension bridge,” Mr Moore said.

“He will check the far side of the bridge and to make sure that it is stable. We will put the cable so that it stops the swinging movement and will stabilise it temporarily

“We need to do design for the new perma­nent bridge and will issue out for tender and we are looking about starting in September so by the end of the year we should have it in place.

“A new bridge will connect from Siberia to Korotari. It will be a high Irish bridge cross­ing. Cars will also be able to use the bridge. It will be seven metres wide and on the other side there is about 150 metres of cane road so we will talk to FSC about improving that road.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (middle) with farmers and five year old Mohit Khan during his visit to Korotari in Labasa on May 2. The background is showing the Korotari foot bridge. From Left: Mohammed Ali, Satish Chand, Suresh Kumar, Mohammed Wahid Khan, Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hussain and Mukesh Lal. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (middle) with farmers and five year old Mohit Khan during his visit to Korotari in Labasa on May 2. The background is showing the Korotari foot bridge. From Left: Mohammed Ali, Satish Chand, Suresh Kumar, Mohammed Wahid Khan, Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hussain and Mukesh Lal. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Edited by Percy Kean

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