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FRA Works With Environment Department On Balaga Bay Issue

Fiji Roads Authority’s Environmental team is working with the Department of Environment to rectify allegations about works at Balaga Bay in Savusavu.
24 Oct 2019 13:34
FRA Works With Environment Department On Balaga Bay Issue
Director for Environment Sandeep Singh examining a coral-like stone on the site during their routine inspection rounds in the North on October 2, 2019. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua. Coastal waters created this hole on the side of the road. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

Fiji Roads Authority’s Environmental team is working with the Department of Environment to rectify allegations about works at Balaga Bay in Savusavu.

Earlier this month, the Department Environment issued a stop notice to RPA Group Fiji Limited, who was contracted by FRA to build boulder retaining walls along the Bay, which was said to have been destroyed by Cyclone Winston in 2016.

Permanent Secretary for Environment Joshua Wycliffe earlier said they had a whistleblower who raised the concern that the contractor was allegedly removing rocks from the ocean to restore the area.

He alleged the rocks were removed without a proper environmental impact assessment (EIA) done.

FRA’s chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said the allegations regarding the removal of rocks from the ocean was incorrect.

“The rocks are from the original coastal protection damaged during TC Winston. They are being pulled from the foreshore to reinstate the rock barriers to protect the road shoulder from erosion,” he said.

Meanwhile, the work is still on hold.

Coastal waters created this hole on the side of the road. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.

Coastal waters created this hole on the side of the road. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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