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Road Vandalism Tags $26K In Damage

  The acts of vandalism on some of our new road assets along the new Nadi Road will cost taxpayers at least $26,000, says the Fiji Roads Authority. FRA programme
26 Mar 2016 09:11
Road Vandalism Tags $26K In Damage
FRA Programme Manager Zaina Khan shows the grafitti made on pavements on the New Nadi road yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The acts of vandalism on some of our new road assets along the new Nadi Road will cost taxpayers at least $26,000, says the Fiji Roads Authority.

FRA programme manager for the Nadi and Suva road upgrade project (NASRUP), Zaina Khan, said the concern on vandalism was alarming at the Queens Road/Wailoaloa Road junction towards the Denarau Road at Narewa Village in Nadi.

She said: “We have noticed that in all the projects there is general vandalism and there is a significant cost of approximately $26,000 to date to FRA.

“Another $10,000 incurred in the cost to pavements and $1000 in signage damage. When the pavement is dried up then there is vandalism in the form of spray painting in different colours. This is damage to a lot of hard work and also to taxpayer’s money.

Footpaths are also being scribbled on and vandalised through practice of graffiti. Approximately 100 concrete footpath panels have been damaged to date and the cost to repair it is estimated at $10,000.

Ms Khan said plants planted along the road side that were intentionally damaged would cost FRA $15,000 to replace.

“Whilst there were some damage to landscape and plants during Cyclone Winston, some 740 plants were damaged because of theft, uprooting or breakage caused by trampling,” she said.

Some 10 newly installed road signs have been dented or pulled down.

Ms Khan is pleading with the public to be vigilant and report all instances of vandalism to the Fiji Police Force.

“People need to be mindful that these road signs are important for motorists and the general public alike, because they provide guidance on safety matters and help prevent accidents,” she said.

“We are working with the Fiji Police Force, and the Land Transport Authority to step up their monitoring of these issues.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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