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PM Commissions 3 Water Projects In Bukuya

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday commissioned three water projects in Bukuya Village in Magodro, Ba. He said it was an investment in safety by his Government to benefit the people.
29 Jan 2016 11:14
PM Commissions 3 Water Projects In Bukuya
Easier access at last…Students of Magodro District School celebrate at the new Bukuya Village Culvert Crossing yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday commissioned three water projects in Bukuya Village in Magodro, Ba.

He said it was an investment in safety by his Government to benefit the people.

“My visit to Bukuya today is all about water – water that we drink, water that we channel to produce electricity, and water that we must manage. Government has spent nearly $530,000 on three projects involving water, and we are commissioning them today,” he said while commissioning the Bukuya Village Culvert Crossing – the first project.

“When I was here nearly a year ago, the people of this village told me that heavy rainfall presented a special burden to them. It was unsafe for people to cross the road during periods of heavy rainfall. I knew we had to act quickly. Heavy flooding cut off access to the village. It trapped the 562 people of Bukuya. They couldn’t get in or go out. And the children could not get to and from school. And the road suffered damage.

“The solution was obvious: build a culvert to channel rainwater under the road. We were able to do this quickly at a cost of $26,600, funded under the 2015 Small Grants Scheme.  This is an investment in the people of this village and in your children. It is an investment in safety.”

He also commissioned an ecological water purification system – the second project.

“We are also commissioning today an ecological water purification system. This system has been functioning for a few months, providing safe drinking water to 210 households—nearly 700 people. The system cost just under $53,400, and it fits well within our Green Growth Framework. An ecological purification system uses filtration through sand and rock to purify water.”

The last project was the supply of electricity to the village.

“And finally, we have just completed repairs on your local hydroelectric plant, which uses the power of the Ba River to provide electricity to 279 homes in Bukuya, Tabalei and Tabaquto villages—a total of 1200 people. This project alone cost $450,000 and includes repair of the hydro plant, power lines and wiring to individual houses.

“Together, these projects are a major step forward for this village and this region because we have cast aside uncertainty. You can rely on a consistent electrical supply. You can rely on pure drinking water. And you can rely on the road, even during heavy rain. You will not be shut in or out of this village,” the PM said.

Edited by Maikeli Seru

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