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Vunivau Residents Unhappy With Road Works

Minister Bala: No need to beg FRA to do works No one needs to beg the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) to do the road work, says the Minister for Local
15 Apr 2017 11:00
Vunivau Residents Unhappy With Road Works
Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala (left) having a talanoa session at Vunivau Temple in Labasa on Thursday night. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Minister Bala: No need to beg FRA to do works

No one needs to beg the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) to do the road work, says the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Bala.

During a talanoa session at Vunivau Temple in Labasa on Thursday, Mr Bala made the statement following numerous complaints by the public about poor road conditions, drainage and FRA.

Mahendra Singh, a vegetable farmer of Vunivau, Labasa, told Mr Bala that when FRA and subcontractors became aware that a minister was coming to Labasa only then would they do the work before and while the minister was around.

Kamendra Naidu, also of Vunivau, suggested to Mr Bala that FRA should have some kind of monitoring and management plan which they could follow up throughout the year.

“Repairing roads is a costly affair,” Mr Naidu said.

Valebasoga district advisory councillor Nasur Dean told Mr Bala that since January this year he had written many letters to FRA requesting for repairing a 1.5kilometre road ahead of Valebasoga Secondary School.

“There are so many children, parents and workers daily walking 1.5km to the main road because the bus cannot drive on the poor road condition,” Mr Dean said.

“Children are still struggling to come to school and we can’t blame Northern Buses Limited for pulling away their buses because the road is so bad.”

Stunned by what he heard, Mr Bala instructed FRA’s Northern representative, Rupeni Oli, to attend to this request.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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