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Plea for new bridge

May 23, 2019 6:53 am

Vorovoro villagers in Tailevu are making a plea to the government to build a bridge near their village.

Village spokesperson Leone Mataika says getting their market produce from the village to the road is hard as they have to cross a river.

Mataika says promises have been made by previous governments and hopefully the FijiFirst government will help them.

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“It’s really hard for us to get our produce across and also to get our shopping from the road to the village because we have to cross the river. It has also affected the students because they have to cross the river every day, and if it rains, they will have to stay home.”

He adds students are the mains ones that suffer as they have to cross the river every day and if it rains, they will have to stay home.

When asked by FBC News on the update of the new Vorovoro Bridge, Fiji Roads Authority Chief Executive, Jonathan Moore says there is a current delay on the project due to contractual issue.

“We will make sure that is sorted as fast as possible can but we need to do a bit of investigation first into why it’s not going the way it should be going. The contractors are saying that they have some problems with the ground conditions and the river changes so we just need to understand that, but we are on to it, and we have to get it sorted as soon as we can. Vorovoro has a bridge coming in, there will be a bridge put there. But there is a contractual issue with the contractor that we are resolving now. There is a plan and a naturally contracted bridge to go in there.”

Moore says it’s not acceptable and they are working with the contractors to try and understand the associated problems.

Vorovoro village has more than 200 villagers and is situated in the interior of Tailevu North.

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