Fix The Roads, Bus Operators Pleads

“As a result of the adverse weather , the road condition affected our services to the communities.
23 Feb 2019 10:00
Fix The Roads, Bus Operators Pleads
The bus that was bogged down at Navakasobu.

Abus operator in the North is calling on authorities to fix the roads that they service daily.

The Dalip Chand and Son Buses Limited provides public services to rural areas as far as Naividamu, Vunivere, Kadavu and Seva roads.

Company manager Kunal Chand said when it rained heavily, their services were hindered and the travelling communities were severely affected.

“As a result of the adverse weather , the road condition affected our services to the communities.

“In one example, our bus was bogged down at Navakasobu from 6pm and was only pulled out by 9.30pm,” Mr Chand said.

This was also supported by the Naduri Village headman, Ratu Viliame Rabokala.

He said bad weather and the poor roads made life difficult for villagers wanting to travel to school, town and the hospital.

“We have lodged a complaint to Fiji Roads Authority of the road conditions in some areas where the bus company provides services in Labasa,” Mr Chand said.

The bus that was bogged down.

The bus that was bogged down.

“The safety of our passengers is paramount, especially the children.

“How can those travelling to work, school, town and hospital reach their destination and be on time when the road condition is terrible?

“Our drivers get frustrated because of the road conditions. Therefore, the road needs urgent maintenance.

“Once the road conditions improve the bus services will run efficiently.”

For the past two days Fiji Sun had contacted the communications officer of the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), Sainiana Rokovucago, for comments via phone calls and emails, but she said they were waiting on their CEO to send them an update.

Meanwhile, during a consultation with the Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment, Jale Sigarara, the village headman of Naividamu requested that Government improved the condition of the road and bridge leading up to the village and school.

Villagers from Naividamu had also sent a request for assistance to FRA in 2018, but there has been no response since then.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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