State to upgrade aging infrastructure

Opposition MPs Viliame Gavoka (left)and Mere Samisoni at Parliament yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Opposition MPs Viliame Gavoka (left)and Mere Samisoni at Parliament March 19. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

GOVERNMENT has admitted that there are a lot of aging infrastructures, particularly in Suva.

While responding to a question by Opposition member Aseri Radrodro on how the Fiji Roads Authority was working to ease traffic jam, Acting Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said when road upgrades would be completed, travel time would be much better.

“The reality of course is that once these roads are completed, we will have a very smooth flow of traffic and indeed much better roads that we will travel on, and not some optional approach to these aging infrastructures that we do have, in particular around Suva,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said yesterday.

“Many of these roads were tar sealed back in the ’50s or so,” He said the Fiji Roads Authority was working on upgrading many of Fiji’s roads and were also taking continuous efforts to minimise the amount of disruption to traffic.

The authority, he said, had adopted a number of practices to ensure this did not happen.

“The four-laning of the road actually presents enormous opportunities. Once we have four lanes, we will also be having what we call a dedicated bus lane.

“This means we will be encouraging more people to catch the bus. We need to improve the quality of the buses and we need to improve the quality of the roads.

“The best way of course is we need to get the four lane roads, get dedicated bus lanes, make it easier for people to catch those buses and make the buses attractive,” he added.