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Tourist hurt on bad road

Saturday, January 03, 2009

A CANADIAN tourist suffered injuries when she fell off her scooter after it hit a pothole in Nadi on Christmas.

The accident has prompted the Nadi Chamber of Commerce to make another call for authorities to fix the road to Denarau and also those around Nadi.

Chamber president Dr Ram Raju said the tourist's injuries were serious.

"It ruined her holidays since she was going to be here for 10 days," he said.

He said Nadi was the most important tourist destination in Fiji and the pathetic road conditions were ruining that image.

"Fiji has to be promoted as a safe country, a safe destination for tourists to enjoy their holiday but the horrible road conditions riddled with potholes doesn't help at all, especially for various tours around the country," he said.

"The Government largely ignores the call to upgrade the roads and to provide bus shelters at this important junction."

Divisional Road Engineer West Peni Tuinona said they had received complaints about that junction and the road to Denarau.

"We will look into it," he said.

"That is our priority area."

However, he has asked the people from that area to bear with them as many of their workers were still on holiday.

"But we are going to fix it."

Tourism Fiji chairman Patrick Wong hoped the tourist would have a speedy recovery.

"There is a concern on the road condition, especially in the Nadi area," he said.

"That is a very dangerous roundaabout that urgently needs an upgrade."


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