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Cement shortage stalls walkway works

Tevita Vuibau
Monday, January 07, 2013

THE shortage of cement gripping the country has been blamed for slowing down the construction of the new Terry Walk pathway.

The nationwide shortage in the supply of cement came to light late last year.

Terry Walk runs between Cumming St and Nubukalou Creek and the MHCC complex.

The new walkway was due to be completed early this year however Suva City Council special administrator Chandu Umaria said the $350,000 project would now be completed before Easter.

"The project started last year and we were hoping to get this finished earlier.

"Unfortunately the shortage in the supply of cement meant that we were not able to meet our original deadline.

"However, we will have the walkway ready before Easter," Mr Umaria said.

He said once the walkway was completed, SCC would look to move on to improving Nubukalou Creek in the heart of the Capital City.

"We are definitely looking at dredging Nubukalou Creek once the Terry Walk construction is completed," Mr Umaria said.

"This will also allow us to get a handle on the flooding that occurs outside the Harifam Centre during King tides."

Shops lining Greig St usually fall victim to flooding whenever there is a tidal surge.

Mr Umaria explained the SCC would also look to put a floodgate at a designated point to alleviate the flooding.

"This will not get rid of the problem altogether but it will help in ensuring that it is not as bad as before," he said.

Mr Umaria said however that the council would need to call for expressions of interest before proceeding with the planned works.