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TC Evan reveals 'shoddy' works

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

REPAIR works carried out at cyclone affected schools in the Western Division have revealed substandard workmanship and in some cases substandard material being used when the buildings were constructed.

Divisional engineer western Puamau Usawale said two of the worst hit institutions, Jasper Williams Primary and high schools with a total repair bill of $606,099, were classic examples of shoddy construction work.

"We found that concrete that was laid there did not have the correct mix. The ratio of cement to sand was not done according to the required standard. However, this type of discovery was not unique to Jasper Williams alone. Overall, the schools that were damaged, were damaged purely because of poor design and workmanship," he said.

Mr Usawale said in some cases roof structures were not properly constructed to cyclone proof standards.

"This was perhaps the most common issue. Most of the roofs that were blown away did not have holding down bolts, which is a basic requirement because the Western Division is prone to high wind and cyclones," he said.

Engineers, design teams, quantity surveyors and architects from the Works Ministry were involved in assessments. The Methodist Church in Fiji said they would not comment until officials had inspected the building.


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