THE new drainage upgrading project that began in Nadi last week will bring great relief to business owners in the tourist town.
Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industries president Dr Ram Raju said drains in Nadi were always clogged and flooded major areas whenever it rained.
He said the state of roads was also poor.
According to Local Government Minister Colonel Samuela Saumatua, the project would address these problems.
Col. Saumatua said the town was only too familiar with the frequent flooding caused by the backflow from faulty drainage in the centre of the town's business district. "Nadi residents are no doubt in a much better position to know the effects of these frequent occurrences," he said.
"The drains frequently overflow even in moderately heavy rain and floods the market and minibus stand, hospital road and seriously affects the operations of the taxi stand, carrier stand not to mention the shops in the area."
Col. Saumatua said this was problem that had spanned a period of more than 35 years.
The $355,000 project is a collaborative effort between the Local Government Ministry, Fiji Roads Authority and the Nadi Town Council.