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Assessment Report For Riverbank, Temple

Assessment Report For Riverbank, Temple
From right , Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam Chief Executive Officer, Jay Narayan with the Minister for Waterways , Mahendra Reddy followed by his team of engineers at the Sri Siva Subramanya Temple in Nadi on 20 July 2018. PHOTO: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA
July 22
11:40 2018

An environmental impact assessment (EIA) is expected to be carried out along the river bank which poses a threat to the Sri Siva Subramanya Temple in Nadi.

Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy and a team of engineers from his ministry were present at the site to discuss the issue with officials of the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI) Sangam on Friday.

The Hindu temple, constructed in 1976, is a magnificent monument in Nadi located on the edge of the Nadi River.

Ministry for Waterways Director Operations Mahendra Kumar said soil erosion widened the banks of the river.

“We are going to conduct the EIA because soil along the river banks has started eroding and its coming closer to the temple structure,” he said.

“A plan be drawn out on the works needed to be done once the engineers submit their report to us. The cost will depend on the assessment.”

Mr Kumar said the erosion of soil along the river bank posed a threat to the temple structure and they needed to design a plan to protect it.

TISI Sangam chief executive officer Jay Narayan said plans to extend the temple had been put on hold.

“It has become a threat to the temple boundary because it’s just located a few metres away and can destroy the foundation of the buildings. We’ve met the minister and the ministry is expected to submit to us an outcome of the assessment soon,” he said.

“We’ve stopped farming on a piece of land beside the temple where soil erosion occurs along the river banks.

“It can get worse during a flood so we need to start looking for a strategy.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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