THE Fiji Roads Authority has allocated about $6million for the maintenance of road drainage around the country.
Speaking in Labasa yesterday, authority chief executive officer Neil Cook said they may spend around $1m to $1.5m for drainage maintenance in the North.
Mr Cook said this budget would be set aside specifically for drainage works only and would not include drainage associated with the road construction projects.
"There is no simple answer but the drainage issue is an important issue that is equally important as the road condition itself," he said.
"A good drainage is a significant contributor to good roads and bad drainage is a significant contributor to bad roads. The drainage issue in Fiji is equivalent with the bridge and pavement condition around the country in that it is huge and will take time to address.
"With all of these issues there is a multi-pronged approach to each."
Mr Cook said unsealed rural roads would be slotted into the $100,000 a kilometre upgrade that takes care of all drainage issues and rebuilding of pavements.
"I am not sure of the numbers but we will do more of those sort of works on unsealed roads and continue with minor maintenance on the rest."