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$10k to repair lines

Vishaal Kumar
Saturday, January 13, 2018

TELECOM Fiji Ltd (TFL) has lost about $10,000 in repairing phone and data lines at Narere Rd Stage One in Nasinu.

This was confirmed by TFL team leader Nasinu/Nausori Depot Vulaono Dakuitoga in relation to some residents raising their concerns about indiscriminate burning of rubbish causing damage to phone and internet lines in the area.

One of the residents who wished not to be named said this was not the first time burning of rubbish disrupted their phone and internet services.

"We are really tired of this. I don't know why people start burning rubbish under these lines in the first place," he said. "The problem is that some people who live in the squatter settlements nearby bring rubbish and burn it here.

"Once these lines get damaged, it takes a while for TFL to conduct repairs. We have to pay unnecessary bills plus our phone services are affected. Another problem is that we don't have internet access and we lose our data without using it."

He said the problem lay with the Nasinu Town Council allowing squatter settlers to carry out these activities of burning rubbish without penalising them.

Mr Dakuitoga said they had received numerous complaints from the residents regarding the issue.

"This is the fourth time the lines have been burnt down. The company is losing a lot of money in repairing these lines," Mr Dakuitoga said.

"These are people who don't have any respect and go around burning rubbish in the area. We have complained to the police and asked around as to who these perpetrators are."

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