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$1.3m for new roads

Maciu Malo
Saturday, December 15, 2012

CONSTRUCTING and developing new roads is one of the major focus of government with more than $1.3million allocated for the non-cane access roads in the Western Division for next year.

Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said his office had received the budget allocation for next year totalling $3,465,376.74.

He said the target for next year was for all villages in the interior of the Western Division to be accessed by vehicles.

Cdr Cawaki said this year two villages in the highlands of Navosa were for the first time accessed by vehicles with the construction of the Mare and Motokana roads.

"Of the $3million budget, we have allocated more than $1million for the construction and completion of some non-cane access roads in the interior," he said.

"The reason being some of these villages have been without proper roads for the past 20 years and it is high time for these villages to be assisted.

"There are two to three villages that are without proper roads and our target is to construct new roads to these villages to assist the villagers in their daily living."

Cdr Cawaki said 193 projects were earmarked for development next year.

He said government obligation was to develop a network of infrastructure that promoted the transportation sector as well as the communication sector.

"We have also set aside $1.3million for self-help projects while more than $370,000 has been allocated for school building grant.

"Rural Housing Assistance scheme have been allocated around $350,000 for next year's project."

Cdr Cawaki said he would work closely with other government departments in assisting all Fijians by providing better and quality infrastructure services.


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