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Bus service proposal

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, January 24, 2014

A BUS operator in Nadi wants to offer bus services to disabled residents.

Viti Vou Buses founder Robin Ronal Chand says more than 900 people expressed support for the new route he wants to establish this year.

"The bus that I will use for this route has specific features that can transport wheelchairs and is disabled-friendly," he said.

"The route that I have applied for is specifically to transport Nadi residents, including the disabled — from Nadi to Lautoka Hospital."

He claimed many Nadi residents sought medical care at Lautoka Hospital and had to find transport to travel to the health facility.

"Lautoka Hospital is the second largest hospital in the country, so it isn't a surprise that a lot of people in Nadi prefer to go there.

"Some of these people are disabled and need to get daily or weekly checks at the hospital. So what I'm trying to do is provide an easier mode of transport for them."

Mr Chand said while all requirements had been met, the authorities have yet to give the green light for operations to begin.

"I had this idea from 2012 and I wanted to start last year but my permit is still not being allowed," said Mr Chand.

"That's the only thing that is left. I don't know why there is a delay in my permit because personally, I think, this would be a service needed for the people of Nadi."

Mr Chand said he raised his concerns about the delay with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at Wednesday's public consultations in Nadi.

The LTA says it will address issues raised at the Nadi consultations with the A-G.