Urgent need to fix crossings

THERE is an urgent need to fix Irish crossings and drainage in flood-prone areas in and around Rakiraki and Tavua.

The issue was discussed when Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau met members of the Rakiraki business community on Friday.

While the purpose of the meeting was to address flood problems in Rakiraki Town, advisory councillors at the discussions didn’t pass up the opportunity to have their voices heard and to relay their problems.

“In my area, it only has to rain about 20 minutes and our roads are flooded,” said Shiri Krishna the advisory councillor for Galau in Rakiraki.

The commissioner was told that more than 400 schoolchildren lived in the Galau community and all missed school when roads were flooded.

“In our area, we were told that the Irish crossing couldn’t be replaced by a bridge because of technical problems so it was decided that more culverts would be fitted into the crossing,” said Mohammed Abbhas, advisory councillor for Narara and Naroko areas.

Mr Tagicakibau acknowledged that this was a common problem in many communities in the West.

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