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$1.3 Million Desilting Work Ends

The contractor, Sivam Digging Works, handed over the completed project to the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy in Rakiraki yesterday.
07 Mar 2019 10:00
$1.3 Million Desilting Work Ends
Minister for Waterways, Mahendra Reddy

The Nakauvadra Creek desilting works cost- ing $1.3 million has been completed.

The contractor, Sivam Digging Works, handed over the completed project to the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy in Rakiraki yesterday.

Mr Reddy said addressing flood issues around the town certainly had ripple effects at the greater provincial level. He said due to a combination of many factors, Rakiraki Town used to get flooded frequently, risking lives and properties, prior to the completion of the project.

To overcome the problem, he said, the Ministry of Waterways and Environment decided to carry out the Nakauvadra River Channel Improvement Works to improve the discharge associated with the peak flows.

The Nakauvadra Creek desilting works were commissioned on June 17 last year and included cleaning and the disposal of debris mainly tree trunks at about 16 places along the lower reaches of the Nakauvadra River and re- sectioning of the river channel.

Mr Reddy said sediments had to be removed to increase the discharge capacity of the river.

He said the works would arrest flooding issues and give a sense of security and safety to the business in the town centre, and it would also increase economic activity in the province.

He said the ministry would rehabilitate the riverbanks using vetiver technology.

Mr Reddy said this work would commence soon and it should help stabilise the river bank and minimise sediment flow into the river.

The ministry would further desilt 500 metres upstream of current completion of works, above the Rakiraki Town area, he said.

He said the ministry would ensure rehabilitative maintenance is carried out to ensure the integrity of the works.

Rakiraki Chamber of Commerce and Industry president George Shiu Raj said businessmen in town had lost millions of dollars in floods.

Mr Raj said the future not only depended on the Government, but on every person in the community.

He thanked the Prime Minister and his Cabinet for looking into the flooding issue in Rakiraki.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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