Road upgrades breathe life to villagers, students

Villagers of Kilaka in Kubulau, Bua celebrate their recent road upgrade. Picture: SUPPLIED

CHILDREN of Kilaka in Kubulau, Bua can now travel to school from their village in carriers after the completion of roadworks in the area.

Fiji Roads Authority, through its subcontractor Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH), completed works on the 350 metres Kilaka Rd upgrade.

Village headman Imanueli Pita said children could now go to school in RSL vehicles, adding that farmers could now transport their produce to Savusavu with ease.

The road ended the need for long horse rides to the main road to access bus services.

“Now, our children will catch the carrier at the village front, not having to walk a long way to access vehicles at the main road,” Mr Pita said.

“This is a burden lifted off our shoulders and it’s a big relief. “I would like to thank the Fiji Roads Authority and the FHH team on the ground, for a work well done.”

A statement from FHH said Kilaka Rd was a “fast response job” and works included the construction of a new water channel, clearing of vegetation, grading of the road and compacting and spot metalling, which had opened up more reliable and comfortable access to schools, work and markets.

Kilaka Village is 61 kilometres away from Savusavu, and Kilaka Rd joins the Wailevu West Coast Rd, which connects to the Trans Insular Rd.

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