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Bus Service Brings Relief For Residents

Parents of Nubulevu in Labasa will no longer walk at least a kilometre with their children to the nearest bus stop, thanks to Dalip Chand and Son Limited for extending
11 Dec 2016 11:00
Bus Service Brings Relief For Residents
Rural residents of Nubulevu outside Labasa Town now have access to bus service for the first time. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Parents of Nubulevu in Labasa will no longer walk at least a kilometre with their children to the nearest bus stop, thanks to Dalip Chand and Son Limited for extending its bus service.

Shivani Lata, a foundation studies student of Fiji National University, said her parents would no longer have to worry about her safety.

“Either my mother or father walks with me two kilometres to the nearest bus stop so that I can attend my classes,” the 20-year-old said.

“This is because there are sugarcane fields and forests along the road and they feel it is not safe to walk alone to go and catch the bus.

“Sometimes when there is no bus because of heavy rain, I have to walk to the main road and it would take me more than one hour.”

Dhiren Kumar, 44, a resident of Nubulevu said this was the first time the bus was coming to their doorstep.

“I have two children going attending Tabia Sanatan College and during school days they walk half a kilometre and then get into rural service licence (RSL) van,” Mr Kumar said.

“Especially during crushing season I become more worried about my children’s safety because that is the time we have more people from different villages on the road.”

Carpenter, Lekimi Rarubi, 35, said he felt relieved.

“My wife does not have to walk one kilometre to take my five-year-old child to catch a bus to go to Bethel Kindergarten next year,” Mr Rarubi said.

Firoz Khan, an employee of Water Authority of Fiji, said last year he wrote a letter to the bus company requesting if they could extend their bus service.

“We are very thankful to the company for considering our request,” Mr Khan said.

“From next year more parents do not worry or escort their children to get into a bus.”

Dalip Chand and Son Limited director, Rohinil Chand, said he was able to extend his service after the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) repaired the crossing.

“When our roads are in better condition we are in a better position to provide safe bus service,” Mr Chand said.

“For three years I have been bringing new buses and currently we have 25 new brand buses operating on various routes on Vanua Levu.

“We are committed to providing the best bus service and we want to assure to the people that we are here to stay.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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