$881k spent on drainage

Minister for Waterways Dr Mahendra Reddy inspects drainage at Dreketi Irrigation area. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

THE Ministry of Waterways has so far spent more than $881,800 on drainage rehabilitation and maintenance work from Sigatoka to Rakiraki.

So far, $227,837.30 has been spent on total emergency works for Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni and $108,161 for TC Josie.

More than $179,800 has been spent on drainage subsidy fund (DSF) maintenance work and $30,000 on DSF rehabilitation work while total waterlogging emergency works have utilised about $336,000.

Minister for Waterways Dr Mahendra Reddy said while a lot of work had been done, more work would be conducted after the announcement of the 2018-2019 National Budget.

Speaking to this newspaper last week, Dr Reddy said Government was committed to addressing flood issues and getting to the root cause of those issues.

“We have completed a significant amount of work in a very short time and once the budget is announced, we will continue addressing the remaining drainage issues,” he said.