Drainage works in progress

THE Waterways Ministry has deployed additional staff to help in drainage works in an effort to minimise the impact of flooding in the Western Division.

In a statement, Minister for Waterways Dr Mahendra Reddy said the Lautoka office would be the operations centre for the drainage works in the region.

“We have deployed four engineers from Suva and three vehicles to the West,” he said. “The ministry has organised five teams for five areas in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and Tavua and Rakiraki.

“Each team has been given a list of areas within their district which has been affected by flooding to examine for possible works.

“They will examine the possibility of digging new drains, clearing or de-silting of existing drains.”

He said the ministry had also invited 13 contractors and got base rates from them. “As soon as the ministry gets scoping from the field, the ministry will award contracts and get work started immediately.

“This operation will continue until we scope all areas in the Western Division and contracts are given out.

“The ministry notes that this recent flooding provides them with new data on vulnerable areas which is being utilised to draw up new drainage works in the respective areas.”