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Stench concern

Luisa Qiolevu
Friday, January 19, 2018

AN argument broke out between carrier drivers and staff members of an established restaurant in Labasa over a stench discharged from the restaurant's water outlet near a carrier stand yesterday.

Carrier driver Talim Hussain said they could not have lunch at the back of their carriers because of the "filthy smell".

"This is a health hazard not only to us but to everyone in this town because this place sits right in the middle of a busy street," he said.

Mr Hussain said the smell persisted for the past three days.

"We have hot weather and we are trying to get some fresh air and this stench just pollutes the air we breathe," he said.

"This is not a good sign because this is polluting the surroundings as well.

"They have to do something and this is not supposed to go on for long," he said.

Another carrier driver, Ranesh Prasad, said they informed the Labasa Town Council about the stench and reminded the owner of the restaurant about the issue.

"We just had to inform the council about this because if they don't get the information from us, then they won't be aware of this and nothing will be done," he said.

Restaurant owner Sonia Lata said they had arranged for a plumber to fix the outlet.

"We have already arranged for the plumber to come and fix the outlet and we will get it fixed as soon as possible," she said.

Labasa Town Council clarified that the waste pipe fittings, suspected to have been vandalised, was rectified by the restaurant owner accordingly and matters had been resolved.

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