ATTORNEY General and Minister for Tourism Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has reiterated that construction of the new Denarau bridge will be funded by government.
While speaking to the media yesterday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the construction of the bridge would begin once funding had been finalised.
"At the moment, there has been no further discussion on the bridge but we have agreed to fund it," he said.
"The Denarau Corporation Limited was in charge of toll for the use of the bridge.
"They were somewhat persistent about that but government said no to the toll charge and finally they agreed to remove the toll charge."
He said the existing bridge was a lifeline for all tourism operators on Denarau Island and locals.
"The bridge is the only entry to Denarau Island and it is also an entry to the port.
"That means a link to the islands in the Malolos, the Mamanucas and the Yasawas for tourists and for locals.
"We consider the construction of this new bridge very important and something that will take a great deal of planning."
No specific figure has been provided on the cost of the new structure.