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Entrepreneur, Krishneel Chand, Says He Has The Solution To Ease Fiji’s Traffic Congestion Woes.

A young entrepreneur says he has the solution to ease Fiji’s traffic congestion woes. Krishneel Chand, 29, who hails from Korovuto Nadi, is one of the two traffic engineers and
14 Jan 2019 13:35
Entrepreneur, Krishneel Chand, Says He Has The Solution To Ease Fiji’s Traffic Congestion Woes.
Traffic Essentials (Fiji) founder, Krishneel Chand. Photo: Simione Haravanua

A young entrepreneur says he has the solution to ease Fiji’s traffic congestion woes.

Krishneel Chand, 29, who hails from Korovuto Nadi, is one of the two traffic engineers and specialists in Fiji.

“I promise to work hard together with developers to provide the best traffic solutions as per Fiji Roads Authority and Department of Town and Country planning terms of references for quick approvals,” Mr Chand said.

He is also a Young Entrepreneur Scheme (YES) recipient. He thanked the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism for facilitating the YES programme, and his family and friends for their continuous support.

“I agree with the Minister Premila Kumar that the approval process for building developments has been in need of streamlining,” he said.

“If you are stuck in traffic everyday on your way to work and you are thinking there is no solution for this then good news is coming your way.”

Mr Chand said his business Traffic Essentials (Fiji) had a major objective and it was to mitigate traffic congestion in Fiji.

The services of Traffic Essentials (Fiji) will greatly enable road and transportation authorities to plan road upgrades, construction and maintenance work to cater for actual load on the road itself with a clear forecast of future demand to be incorporated in the design of a road.

Mr Chand noticed overseas consultants were hired most of the time, however the traffic data that was used was outdated.

“These consultants normally used data that was not updated,” he said.

“When we look at the data right now, the traffic volume has increased at such a level that even if you take the data and increase that data after 10 years, we would still not be able to get a real picture of the traffic issue.”

A former employee of Vocea Consulting Pte Limited, Mr Chand has received training and advice from his mentor Manoa Vocea to pursue this career.

“I worked in road engineering for a while and was sent by MWH Global to study in Australia to receive my Sidra certification,” he said.

Sidra Intersection is a software package used for intersection and network capacity, level of service and performance analysis, and signalized intersection and network timing calculations by traffic design, operations and planning professionals.

After Mr Chand returned to Fiji, he decided to venture on his own business and applied for YES.

He managed to secure a grant of $20,000 and part of the funding has been used to buy his state-of-the-art equipment, laptop and special software Sidra.

“My business will provide Traffic Impact Assessment for commercial development,” the young entrepreneur said.

“A major challenge for me is that people are not taking me seriously because of my age.

“People in Fiji have a perception that to be a businessman or an entrepreneur one has to be in his forties. A real entrepreneur is somebody who solves a problem and makes a business out of it.

“I am solving the problem of traffic congestion.”

He said he would encourage people to be brave enough to pursue and nurture their ideas.

“Everybody has an idea, but to work toward that goal and achieve it, is what sets you apart.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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