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Kinoya Told: Ministry Looking Into Drainage Woes, Threats Posed By Flooding

Kinoya Told: Ministry Looking Into Drainage Woes, Threats Posed By Flooding
From left: Minister for Waterways and Environment, Dr Mahendra Reddy, Director Operations, Mahendra Kumar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nasinu Town Council, Lute Berends. Photo: Swashna Chand
August 10
11:00 2018

Government is committed to address drainage issues faced by members of the public in their respective commu­nities.

This includes the maintenance of drainage systems and management of waterways in Fiji, including creeks, tributaries and rivers.

During public consultations at Kinoya outside Suva on Wesdnes­day, the Minister for Waterways Dr Mahendra Reddy said the Minis­try of Waterways was established by the Government to address the growing threat that flooding posed to Fijian communities.

“A threat that is projected to worsen due to the effects of climate change,” Minister Reddy said.

“We will look at any issues relat­ing to our waterways and money is already allocated for the town coun­cil to fix any drainage issues after inspections.

“The work will start around Octo­ber, November and December”.

The public consultations by the Ministry of Waterways & Environ­ment, Local Government and the Municipal Councils at the Indian Assembly of God church, Bauvudi Road, Kinoya.

In the 2018-2019 Budget, a provi­sion of $3,809,710 was made to carry out drainage maintenance in mu­nicipalities around the country.

“The grant funds will be shared among 13 town and city councils for the maintenance of drainage activities,” Minister Reddy said.

“This is the allocation Rakiraki $482,827.92; Nausori $180,000; Nas­inu $450,000; Savusavu $150,000; Sigatoka $180,000; Levuka $100,000; Tavua $100,000; Ba $243,100; Nadi $309,710; Lautoka $450,000; Lami $340,072.08; Suva $500,000; Labasa $324,000.”

Kinoya AOG Church pastor Philip Madhan, said that the minister’s meeting with residents was a good opportunity for people to raise their concerns.

“This gives a very good platform for residents to speak out their issues and get their problems solved,” he said.

Retired worker, Raj Kapoor said it was a very good idea brought in by the Government.

“Many residents face issues re­garding drainage and it is a good opportunity for people to report their problems,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: swashna.chand@fijisun.com.fj

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