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Race to repair rail bridges

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, May 26, 2012

FIJI Sugar Corporation engineers are working round-the-clock to repair rail bridges critical for the transportation of sugarcane to mills in the Western Division.

FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said while the focus was on getting the rail bridges at Navo in Nadi and Naviago on the outskirts of Lautoka fixed as soon as possible, road transportation was being considered for areas where rail lines were washed away during recent floods.

"We are working 24/7 to get these vital rail links repaired and are looking at getting this done by June 22, just before crushing begins on June 26," Mr Khan said.

He said apart from damaged rail bridges, the FSC was also trying to get damaged rail lines repaired in time for the start-of-crush.

"In the event that these rail lines can't be fixed, then we will look at conversion - where lorries are used to transport cane to mills," he added.

In the aftermath of three floods earlier this year, the sugar industry racked up a damage bill of $37 million, with a significant portion pegged on infrastructure damage.


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