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No More Walking For Vatulovona Villagers As Bus Route Extended To Village And Nearby Communities

“Now we don’t have to walk far. We’d walk as far as five kilometres to catch the bus,” Mr Raisogo said.
01 Aug 2019 14:20
No More Walking For Vatulovona Villagers As Bus Route Extended To Village And Nearby Communities
The first bus approaching Vatulovona village for the morning trip. Photo: Laisa Lui

More than 200 people will no longer have to have walk two to three kilometres to catch the bus.

This is after the Nakama route was extended to Vatulovona village in Macuata.

Vatulovona Village headman Savenaca Raisogo said they were excited about the extension of the bus route to the village and nearby communities.

“Now we don’t have to walk far. We’d walk as far as five kilometres to catch the bus,” Mr Raisogo said.

“We used to pay $15 for taxi fare from Labasa Town to the village. The bus service has made travelling a lot easier, cheaper and convenient for us.

“We also would like to thank Government and stakeholders for their contributions in ensuring the bus services to our village.”

Mr Raisogo said through the help of the Special Office of the Commissioner Northern Macuata District office, the Macuata Provincial office, Fiji Roads Authority sub-contractors Kashmir, the road and bridge was upgraded.

He said this made it possible for the buses to come to the village.

Esiteri Marica Raisogo waiting for the bus at Vatulovona  village on July 31, 2019. Photo: Laisa Lui

Esiteri Marica Raisogo waiting for the bus at Vatulovona village on July 31, 2019. Photo: Laisa Lui

Tertiary student, Esiteri Marica Raisogo, said she was looking forward to the day when she would board the bus in front of her home.

She said it would be dark when she returned home and often scared to tread the road back home alone.

Dalip Chand and Son Limited general manager Kunal Chand said upon receiving the request from the village headman, the company extended its route.

“The service will be an advantage for students and also daily travellers because they will not have to walk to the main road to wait for the bus,” Mr Chand said.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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