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Village bridges gap

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

VILLAGERS of Dogoru outside Labasa have taken the initiative to repair a bridge which is their only link to Labasa Town.

The villagers took the action after numerous complaints to the authorities fell on deaf ears.

Dogoru Village headman Semi Radradra said they decided to act after they felt that nothing would be done to address their plight.

Mr Radradra said the problem they faced was an age-old one in which part of the bridge and its approaches had eroded as a result of prolonged rain.

"We have about 150 students who travel to Labasa Town daily to attend classes in secondary and primary schools," he said.

"The students' classes are disrupted as they are forced to stay at home for the duration of the time the bridge is damaged and this could take between three and four weeks.

"However, this year we decided to go down to the river and roll out big stones with which we have covered parts of the bridge."

Mr Radradra said they also used a fallen FEA power pole to support the bridge.

"We raised our concerns with a personnel from the Fairdeal company (road subcontractors) but nothing has been done about it.

"Now we have decided to do what we can to address the matter because we are desperate."

Questions sent to the Fiji Roads Authority yesterday remained unanswered.

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