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$9.4m for new bridge

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

THREE entities have signed a grant agreement for the reconstruction of the Denarau bridge in Nadi.

Government, Fiji Roads Authority and Denarau Corporation Limited (DCL) inked the deal in Suva yesterday for the allocation of about $9.4million from FRA.

"From what we understand, the bridge will be constructed on a slightly different position. The Denarau bridge was constructed by DCL and the ownership and responsibility of the bridge was with DCL," said Attorney-General and Minister for Enterprises and Tourism Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said this had changed with the assets and bridge now owned by the FRA.

"They will manage it and DCL has given a portion of land on the other side of the bridge on the island itself for FRA to control."

He said the agreement also ensured that FRA had oversight over the construction of the bridge and monitored compliance of various standards.

"DCL has carried out some preliminary assessments in terms of the construction company and FRA will make sure that all standards are met."

He said Denarau played a pivotal role in the tourism industry.

"It is also a link and gateway to the Mamanuca and the Yasawas for tourists and also ordinary Fijians who want to access these islands. Government has been improving infrastructure across Fiji and the road leading to Denarau has been improved."

DCL director Pramesh Sharma said they were pleased to have the agreement in place.

FRA chairman Parmesh Chand said this was an important agreement which paved the way for the construction of a new bridge.

"The project is of huge economic significance and would recognise it as a major link to the island from the west of Viti Levu," Mr Chand said.

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