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150 Days For Riverbank Works In Serua

  One-hundred-and-fifty days have been given for the riverbank works at Vunibau village, Serua. The Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy at the commissioning of the project on Wednesday revealed that
29 Jun 2018 10:00
150 Days For Riverbank Works In Serua
Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy (front fifth from left) with officials, villagers and guests after the commissioning of the construction of the riverbank in Vunibau, Serua on June 27, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

 

One-hundred-and-fifty days have been given for the riverbank works at Vunibau village, Serua.

The Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy at the commissioning of the project on Wednesday revealed that the work had been awarded to Yandra Viti Investment Limited.

“Work on the 408m long riverbank protection works at Vunibau will be constructed by Yandra Viti Investment Limited at a cost of $561,292.23,” he said.

He said the Construction of Navua Riverbank Protection Works, near the village was submitted for this financial year as an investment aligned to disaster risk reduction initiatives.

“It is to protect assets and the livelihoods of the rural population threatened by climate change induced disasters.”

He said the Ministry of Waterways had embarked on a journey to mitigate flooding using various mechanisms, some of which include dredging works, effective soil erosion control measures and riverbank protection.

The proposed river bank protection works consist of the construction of a combination of boulder armoring and Reno-mattress works.

The following has been proposed for the river bank protection works:-

(i) Mobilisation of plant and equipment.

(ii)           Site clearing and levelling;

(iii)          Excavation and compacted soil back fill works;

(iv)         Placing of boulder amouring and toe protection for the riverbank protection structure;

(v)          Driving of 2m long treated pine posts (200 mm dia.) at the toe of Reno-mattresses;

(vi)         Installation of rock filled Reno-mattresses on top of geo textile filters cloth.

He said riverbank erosion was a growing problem for local communities hence the investment.

Vunibau village spokesman Ratu Kini Vitukawalu said they had lost land to erosion including their cemetery.

Ratu Vitukawalu thanked the Government for addressing their concern which had been affecting them for 31 years.

The first riverbank work was carried out in 1987 after the approval by the then Governor General Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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