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Major rail work plans

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, March 29, 2014

THE FSC says two major rail replacement works will be conducted this year in a bid to improve cane delivery to the mills.

Executive chairman Abdul Khan said apart from this, rail upgrades would also be conducted in other areas in a bid to increase rail efficiency.

"There're two major rail replacement works that we will be doing this year," he said.

"One's in Sigatoka and the other in Labasa.

"Other than these, we have increased our rail maintenance budget since we are committed to improving our rail system."

Canegrowers raised concerns about the rail network and the availability of locomotives and rail carts during recent industry consultations in the West.

Mr Khan said all issues raised by growers were being addressed.

"In addition to the five locomotives that we bought last year, we are actually getting two more which are in transit from Queensland."

Rail has been identified as the cheapest and most efficient form of cane transportation.

The poor state of the rail system has been blamed on years of neglect after a decision was made in 2003 to close down the rail network.

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