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Project nears completion

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, March 27, 2014

THE Ba River dredging project headed by government and the China Railway First Group (Fiji) Company Limited is nearing completion.

With about 10 days before work comes to an end, officials from the Agriculture Ministry grabbed the opportunity to survey the almost two-year-old project which covers about 10 kilometres of the Ba River.

Agriculture Ministry deputy secretary Uraia Waibuta said the project has been a success.

"Government is fully aware of the importance of the activity being done here and that is one of the reasons why it has allocated a substantive amount of money to this project," he said.

"The work started in November 2012 and we are coming towards the end of the program which was divided into three stages.

"Roughly about $11million was allocated for this particular work and the CRFG has been doing that for government and we are thankful for the work they have achieved so far.

"We've laid down the plans and we are working towards that plan which is exactly what China Railway has done."

CRFG spokesman Donald Singh said dredging projects had enabled the company to learn more about major rivers in Fiji.

"Having dredged the Rewa and Navua rivers, government shifted attention to the Ba River which runs through heavily-populated areas," he said.

"CRFG, as the major contractor of the Ba River dredging project, looks forward to dredging more rivers in Fiji and help reduce flooding."

According to the company, State funds were used in three different stages.

The first stage cost $3,280,375, the second stage $3,637,346.70 while the final stage cost government $4,048,000.

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