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Chief Asks For Better Road

Namata District chief Ratu Paula Haleiwalu yesterday asked the Government to improve the road leading to his villages of Namata and Raralevu. The villages sit on the hills on the
21 Jul 2015 09:45
Chief Asks For Better Road

Namata District chief Ratu Paula Haleiwalu yesterday asked the Government to improve the road leading to his villages of Namata and Raralevu.

The villages sit on the hills on the north-east of Nausori Town overlooking Vusuya, Kuku and Vunimono.

Ratu Paula said the road to the villages was dangerous because it contained a lot of sharp bends.

He made the call during Government’s National Development Plan Public consultation at Raralevu Village yesterday.

“It is a death trap because there are too many sharp bends,” Ratu Paula said.

“I’m worried because the buses are full of passengers every day. It is scary when they travel downhill negotiating those sharp bends. One day one of those buses can veer-off the road and tumble down one of those hills causing deaths.”

He also proposed for the road to be tar-sealed.

Ratu Paula claimed their plea for assistance to past governments was ignored.

“I am hopeful that this concern would be looked into because the landowners had given their approval for the use of their land for the improvement of the road.”

The district also called for better water service from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), zoning of schools to be compulsory, fully equipped dispensary, installment of cash power electricity meters and assistance in their agricultural projects.

Village headman Anare Rabuku said the villagers hope that their proposal would be considered in the national five-year and 20-year development plans.

Water: Village headman Anare Rabuku said they wanted WAF to change the size of water pipes from the Raralevu Reservoir to increase water pressure to their villages. He said villagers had raised their concerns on the new water meter. “A family was paying only $5 for their three month bill but, with the new meter they are paying $275,” Mr Rabuku said.

 

National Development Plan Public Consultation Tikina Namata proposal:
– Education: School manager Samu Rabuku wants zoning to be compulsory. He said their primary school roll had dropped.
– Health: They wanted a fully-equipped dispensary with all medicines supplied by Government. They also want monthly visits from medical officers to increase.
– Electricity: They wanted to use cash power as most just could not pay their electricity bills with the current billing system. They also wanted to have streetlights.
– Transportation: They wanted their road tar-sealed and for the bus company to increase its daily service. They aso want road humps on the roads passing the village.
– Communication: They wanted landlines to be restored by Telecomuication Fij Limited (TFL).
– Climate change: The only threat is flooding. The wanted a bridge where they now have three small culverts to drain away water as most of the time these culverts were blocked and caused flooding.
– Agriculture: The want Government to help in the preparation of their land. Currently they have to pay a digger, which is about $60 per hour.

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