Focus shifts to strengthening flood mitigation

The Ministry of Environment and Waterways will focus on strengthening flood mitigation projects to minimise future floods. Picture: FT FILE

THE Ministry of Environment and Waterways will focus on strengthening flood mitigation projects to minimise future floods.

“We look forward to strengthening our flood mitigation projects so that any future floods are minimal,” Minister for Waterways Dr Mahendra Reddy said.

Dr Reddy said the ministry’s budgetary allocation of $69.9 million reflected its abilities.

“We are very excited with the allocation given to our ministry that reflects confidence in our ministry and our ministry has the ability to deliver.”

The ministry had received an increase in its budget from $49m to $69m.

Dr Reddy said there were several new projects and programs that the ministry was going to work on.

“Part of our project includes a total new allocation for drainage works in villages and settlements, also in non-sugar agriculture and all the areas outside the municipal councils and Fiji Roads Authority.

“So we have taken over sugar drainage works and we are going to do work for all agriculture.”

The ministry has also been allocated $14m to prepare and protect Fiji’s coastal communities from severe weather events and erosions through the construction of sea walls, groyne and wave breakwaters.

He said the newly combined ministry (of Environment and Waterways) would help improve service delivery.

“We have got the Department of Environment coming under us so that will improve service delivery,” Dr Reddy said.

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