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Man With Disability Pleads For Improved Bus Services

“The bus company provides three trips in the morning to the area but none in the afternoon. All I want is the bus company to stick to its schedule.”
23 Jan 2020 10:00
Man With Disability Pleads For Improved Bus Services
Pranay Hukum with his wife Shaleen and daughter Grace at their home in Clifton Road in Nasinu. Photo: Shalveen Chand

A man living with disability in Nasinu believes his constitutional rights are being violated as the bus company servicing his area is not sticking to the schedule.

Pranay Hukum of Clifton Road in Valelevu, Nasinu, suffers from genetic condition called muscle dystrophy. As he ages, his muscles weaken.

He used to be able to walk by himself but now requires help or a wheelchair. But this is not a challenge for him. He is employed as a receptionist at the St Giles Hospital and over the years has built a home for his family.

But his daily existence is now being threatened. He needs the bus service close to his home as he cannot walk for long.

“Land Transport Authority has written to me in an email saying that Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has agreed that the Clifton Road roundabout is not big enough for the 10 tonne bus when vehicles are parked along the roundabout,” he said.

“The letter from FRA also clarifies that while they recommend a 5 tonne bus for the area, they say the 10 tonne bus can come to the area provided that vehicles are not parked along the roundabout.

“The bus company provides three trips in the morning to the area but none in the afternoon. All I want is the bus company to stick to its schedule.”

Nasese Bus Company director Jack Kumar said they were aware of Mr Hukum’s plights and had maintained services to the area.

Nair’s Transport used to provide service to the area for more than 20 years before losing its route license to Nasese Buses.

Director Jan Kumar said they used to stick to the schedule and drove right into Clifton Road as required.

Mr Hukum said he pleaded to the Prime Minister to intervene and provide a solution.

He said he had requested residents in his area not to park vehicles along the roundabout, and called authorities to remove those vehicles. The LTA, in their letter to Mr Hukum, said they would monitor the situation.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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