THE country's only bauxite mining company has cleared the air over complaints raised by a group of parents in Bua claiming that trucks loaded with bauxite had produced thick dust in the area.
Xinfa Aurum Exploration (Fiji) Limited spokesman Basilio Vanuaca said, "since the beginning of the mine, we have always dispatched trucks daily to disperse water on the road".
"Whenever the loading of bauxite takes place, we always make sure the trucks are there to splash water on the main road and we can't understand why people are still complaining.
"We have not received complaints from them as well regarding the matter," he said.
Divisional planning officer northern Alipate Bolalevu said the proposed road upgrade works for the Dreketi and Nabouwalu highway was expected to benefit the residents in the area.
"When we upgrade the highway, these concerned people will get the good out of it because their roads will be well-maintained and tarsealed," Mr Bolalevu said.
"But for now, the trucks will continue to splash water along the road," he said.
It was earlier reported the group refused to send their children to school last Monday because of the dusty roads.
The parents of Waibunabuna Primary School in Lekutu claimed they have experienced the dust since the bauxite mine opened.