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Gravel Extraction Project To Benefit Villagers

  The turaga ni koro of Nananu Village in Ra, Noa Nasila is excited at the prospect of the commissioning of its first community project. Mr Nasila said the new
05 Oct 2018 10:00
Gravel Extraction Project To Benefit Villagers
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya (operating the digger) commissions the quarry in Nananu, Ra on October 4, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

 

The turaga ni koro of Nananu Village in Ra, Noa Nasila is excited at the prospect of the commissioning of its first community project.

Mr Nasila said the new Mataqali Druidrui Project would benefit everyone in the community.

“Nothing as such has ever happened before and everyone in the village is excited that something new is happening for the first time,” said Mr Nasila.

The project is for gravel extraction, a joint partnership of Nananu Village and a civil engineering company, Rattan Civil Works. Gravel extraction will take place at the village.

“The gravel extracted will be used to develop the school,” he said.

“Our school students are really happy because they will soon be provided with new school amenities.

“We are hoping to have a new bridge and this quarry can be used to supply materials for the construction,” he said.

 

Challenges

Mr Nasila said the villagers faced difficulties during heavy rainfalls as the current bridge got flooded.

“We are hoping that resources from this project will be used to fund for a bridge,” he said.

The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya said: “The decision by the Mataqali Druidrui for a joint venture with Rattan Civil Works was a great way to sustainably utilise their resources.

“The improvement in the school infrastructure in which the students will have access to better services and a proper place to decide their future.”

Mr Koya urged everyone to report any illegal activities relating to the use of natural resources taking place.

“We need to protect our natural resources for our future,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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