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Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. 2009 saw the completion of a number of transport infrastructure projects undertaken by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities as part of
31 Dec 2009 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. 2009 saw the completion of a number of transport infrastructure projects undertaken by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities as part of its corporate services and social responsibilities to the people of Fiji.
These infrastructure projects, have brought immense opportunities for our urban centres to increase their capacity to allow for trade and investment flows both domestically and with the outside world. But most important, these infrastructure projects have open up baren land to economic activities and widen accessibility of our rural people to urban markets to improve their quality of life.
These infrastructure projects included the new four lane Laqere bridge, the two lane Navuso bridge and the new four lane Nokonoko bridge at Laucala Beach, Suva just to name a few.
Rural ares that are now been accessed by better improved roads in 2009 included Nameka and Vatukarasa villages in Naitasiri, Waicoka village in Tailevu, Yasawa-i-rara and Nabukeru in the province of Ba. In addition, the new Nayarabale link road will now reduce travel time from Saqani, Vaturova and surrounding areas, to the economic centre of Labasa by at least two hours.
Furthermore, the recent completion of the Naqali bridge will also reduce the frequency of people being stranded at the banks of the Waidina river as a result of heavy rain and flooding in the area. While the new Naqali bridge and approach roads will still be under water at times from heavy rain this is not expected to be as regular as it is with the old Naqali bridge.
In 2010, Government (through this Ministry) will continue to invest in the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of our transport infrastructure in the belief that these are vehicles for improving social activity and promotion of economic development for our disadvantaged communities in the rural areas of the country.Targets for 2010 include among others, the completion of the Kadavu, Rabi and Yasawa-i-rara jetties, the completion of the Lodoni road from Korovou tpwn to Queen Victoria School, improved accessibility to Nabutautau and other villages in Navatusila and of course the ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation of our transport infrastructures.




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