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Traffic Problems A Hindrance, Says Lautoka Chamber Head

  Calls have been made for a review of the continuous traffic problems in Lautoka. Roads leading into Lautoka City’s central business centres have been chaotic during morning and afternoon
21 Jul 2016 09:00
Traffic Problems A Hindrance, Says Lautoka Chamber Head
One of Lautoka’s busiest traffic junctions, the Drasa Avenue and Vomo Street intersection. Photo: Charles Chambers

 

Calls have been made for a review of the continuous traffic problems in Lautoka.

Roads leading into Lautoka City’s central business centres have been chaotic during morning and afternoon rush hours.

The Lautoka Chamber of Commerce has described this problem as a “huge economic loss and a hindrance to the development of the city.

Chamber president, Pyara Singh said Lautoka could soon become a little ‘Calcutta’ with the increasing congestion of traffic.

Lautoka City Council chief executive Jone Nakauvadra has assured the the people of Lautoka that the Chamber knows the problem exists and they are working on it.

“We are presently discussing this with the Fiji Roads Authority and this includes re-routing some of the roads,” Mr Nakauvadra said.

Junctions and intersections which were clogging up traffic include Vomo Street and Thompson Crescent joining with Drasa Avenue, Tukani and Yasawa Street junctions and in front of the BSP Lautoka branch.

Mr Singh said Lautoka was the fastest growing city and badly needed more industrial land to grow.

Mr Nakauvadra agreed the Waterfront Road was earmarked as a by-pass to join the Kings Road to Ba.

“Yes that is the plan but we need funding to do this and that is where the matter is right now,” he said.

The Chamber has suggested some alterations to the present flow of traffic within the city as well as the approaches of buses coming from Ba be diverted along a different route.

Mr Singh said the Chamber also wanted the Council to remove the parking of vehicles on busy streets within the city area.

He said the Chamber has also written to the Council regarding stagnant water in Bouwalu Street which was becoming a breeding place for mosquitoes but nothing has been done so far.

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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