Road status worry

Roadworks along the Suva-Nausori corridor last year. Picture: File

SOME major political parties agree there should be better management of the construction and maintenance of our roads. The National Federation Party (NFP), Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), Unity Fiji party and the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) believe that despite the substantial increase in the allocation of government resources to improve roads, the standard of the country’s road infrastructure remained in a poor state.

As we head towards the 2018 General Election, The Fiji Times asked the six registered political parties for their views on the status of the country’s road infrastructure and their policies on the increasing issue of traffic jams.

We asked: l What is your view on the status of the country’s road infrastructure; and if elected into government, what priority would you give to road infrastructure development.

Traffic congestion is also fast becoming an issue, not only in the cities but in the smaller towns as well. What policies would you introduce to slow the rate at which it is intensifying?

The FijiFirst party and the Fiji United Freedom Party did not respond to the questions when this edition went to press yesterday. Questions were sent to the parties via electronic mail (email) on Wednesday.

The NFP, FLP, Unity Fiji party and SODELPA responded to the questions.

NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said traffic congestion had become a serious problem for our population, where students were late to school and workers lost wages for any delay.

Prof Prasad said the road network had not been upgraded sufficiently enough to cater for an increase in traffic.

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