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Bad road upsets villagers

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, February 23, 2013

VILLAGERS in the district of Lekutu, Bua, have shown their concern on deplorable road conditions in the province.

Villager Mesake Baleivuya who sells mandarins in the Labasa market said he had missed the bus many times to get to the market because of changing bus routines attributed to the bad road conditions.

"The bus has to leave early in the morning and sometimes the bus breaks down along the way as a result of the road conditions or sometimes schedules change and we are left with our produce," said Mr Baleivuya.

"There is a big number of people that rely on the bus service in the province as we take our produce everyday to be sold at the Labasa market," he said.

"We have been affected a lot and our children who travel along these roads have suffered during bad weather.

"They dirty their uniforms in the process and vehicles that service along the road have stopped running because of the road condition."

Banikea villager Titilia Naimaidreketi said bad roads had also affected them.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Neil Cook said work along the Dreketi and Nabouwalu roads was about to begin.

"We are doing a survey along the roads and we understand the villagers' concern," Mr Cook said.

Mr Cook also confirmed that site surveys had begun and that work was expected to begin soon.





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