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Dalip Chand Buses Extends Service To Raviravi Village

Walking eight kilometres to get to the nearest bus service will be a thing of the past for some 200 villagers in Raviravi, Macuata. This is after Dalip Chand and
19 Aug 2021 11:54
Dalip Chand Buses Extends Service To Raviravi Village

Walking eight kilometres to get to the nearest bus service will be a thing of the past for some 200 villagers in Raviravi, Macuata.

This is after Dalip Chand and Son Limited extended its route from Naividamu and further into the remote village.

Turaga ni Yavusa Akuila Paini said this development was a promise delivered after a talanoa session held during the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s first visit to the village in 2020.

Villagers celebrated this development by decorating the first bus which arrived at their village on Monday.

“Those days of walking long distances are over, especially for the elderly and children travelling to town to access medical services,” Mr Paini said.

“It was also expensive to hire a carrier.

“But we’re so happy now that the talanoa session has been fruitful and will benefit everyone.”

A former resident of the village, Diana Raj, said she was taking her children for a bus ride to show them the struggles they went through while growing up in the village and preparing for school early morning.

“Back then we had to leave the village by 4am and walk to the point to catch the bus,” Mrs Raj said.

She said this walk would take about one-an-a-half hours.

Dalip Chand and Son Limited owner Rohinil Chand said the bus fare of $4 was affordable from Raviravi to Seaqaqa and to Labasa Town $7.05 compared to the $120 cost for hiring a carrier.

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