SOME ferry passengers who were stranded in Savusavu over the weekend have called on relevant authorities to build an accommodation near the jetty.
The plea follows disappointment expressed by some passengers who had to wait for 24 hours at the jetty when the inter-island vessel, Lomaiviti Princess, failed to pick them on Saturday night for the trip to Suva.
The frustrated passengers spent the night on the streets trying to look for a place to sleep.
Speaking on their behalf, Abhay Chand said it was only proper for authorities to construct a building in the area to cater for passengers when such situations arose.
"It will be better if a building is constructed here to solve the problem of trying to look around for a place to sleep in," Mr Chand said.
"Not all passengers have enough money to pay for hotel rooms, food and drinks and this was evident because most of us were just waiting anxiously on the streets, bus stand and in the carpark.
"Most of the passengers spent their night at the jetty and it's sad because it was cold and drizzling. At least, an accommodation area will be a source of relief."
Acting commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said plans were afoot to build a waiting area next year as part of the jetty maintenance work carried out by government.
He said similar waiting areas were also being constructed on the island of Taveuni and Nabouwalu for passengers.
Commenting on the situation of stranded passengers, Mr Bolalevu said it was only proper for shipping companies to co-ordinate their travel schedules well to avoid such problems.