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10 years in love

Solomoni Biumaiono
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dipal Jitendra Bhatt is one of those engineers who toil so hard to ensure there is enough water for our workplaces, farms and our homes so our lives are not disrupted.

Bhatt, who is originally from Maharashtra State in India, has been working for the past 10 years in Fiji for Clyde Equipment (Pacific) Limited.

His original love though is physics and is a Bachelor of Science degree holder and ever since he came to Fiji has always worked in the field of engineering.

Working in Gujarat State he found out about the opportunity to leave India and work in Fiji.

"Yes, as I was already employed in India. I chose to venture out through applying in response to an overseas job vacancy advertised in a local Indian newspaper.

"Like the majority of overseas aspirants in India, I went out to pursue a better career than what was available at home," Bhatt said.

In the last 10 years he has been national sales manager for Clyde Equipment and his main line of work is performing routine sales operations like preparing tenders, executing sales projects, launching products and advertising.

Naturally, Bhatt is drawn to the field because of his love for physics and his line of work too required that he be part of the team effort that execute projects.

Some of the work he has been involved in includes supplying and commissioning water booster systems and standby generators for large buildings like the FRCA building, Vanua House, Na Hina Apartments, Kadavu House, Capital Hill Apartments, the Harbour Front building, the new US Embassy, resorts like Castaway and the Naviti, the former Foster's factory in Walu Bay, factories like the Golden Manufacturing, Golden Ocean and fmf.

"We supplied and commissioned large air compressors at the British American Tobacco and fmf factories. We will be shortly commissioning huge generators at the upcoming Damodar City & Classic Foods factory at Rokobili terminal," Bhatt said.

And like all engineering jobs, when a project malfunctions it's either catastrophe or takes a lot of time, resources and effort to repair or make it right again.

This has never been lost upon Bhatt. He relates such an experience which he says really tested him and the mettle of the team down at Clyde Equipment.

"One was in the year 2004 when the water booster system at the then NLTB building failed suddenly and the whole building was left without water.

"We had to work round-the-clock for three days but eventually did solve the problem.

"Another one was in late 2010, when a voltage surge damaged the electronic water pumps controller at the new US embassy. Our team along with our principal representative from New Zealand had to really slog it out for some days before a solution was reached," Bhatt said.

To him though, the most memorable work that he has done in Fiji was not one of these big projects but rather a job which Clyde did with the Department of Agriculture.

"The most memorable moment was when we had supplied two high flow pumps to the Ministry of Agriculture out of which one was commissioned in a field near Nadi.

"I still remember the joy on the faces of the farmers present there, when they saw the water gushing out in their farms, from big irrigation pipes."

And so far, he has not been to any other country outside of Fiji as he says working here as kept him busy for the last 10 years.

Along with his wife and 12-year-old daughter, Bhatt considers Fiji as his second home and would not have it any other way.

"Is 10 years not enough indication that I have fallen in love with this country? Mountains, forests, rivers and oceans do make a beautiful country but a beautiful country with beautiful people makes a paradise. Fiji truly is a paradise.

"I am planning to apply for citizenship shortly," Bhatt said.

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