THE Ba Town Council is confident that the dredging of Ba River will reduce the impact of flooding.
Special administrator Arun Prasad said the first phase would cover 3.3 kilometres starting from the mouth of the river.
He said the two floods that hit the Western Division this year had crippled services in the town area.
Mr Prasad said businesses were affected and he was confident dredging would lessen the impact of flooding.
"This is the first time that dredging of this magnitude is being carried out here in the Ba River and we thank the government for starting this dredging process," he said.
"Due to the recent floods, the river has become very shallow which is a huge threat to flooding during heavy rain. The dredging is very timely and we are quite certain it will reduce the impact of flooding at Ba Town, Yalalevu and villages next to the river.
"The dredging will bring confidence to the business community which will also attract new investors to set up businesses and boost the Ba economy."
The dredging is being conducted by the China Railway First Group through a project initiative of the Land Water Resource Management (LWRM) division.
LWRM division director Collin Simmons said about $7.2million was needed for the dredging of the Nadi and Ba rivers.