Waterways ministry to construct 25 seawalls this year
March 27, 2019 7:17 am
The Waterways ministry is currently targeting twenty-five coastal rehabilitation works for this financial year.
Minister for Waterways Dr Mahendra Reddy says they aim to address the rising beach erosion around the country caused by climate change.
Dr Reddy says some of the aging seawalls are deteriorating which needs urgent repairs.
“We as government have to respond not only to mitigate the effects of climate change and the rising sea levels but also to build resilience amongst this community. Resilience means the ability to bounce back from this in a very short period of time.”
Dr Reddy says the coastal rehabilitation works will include the building of seawall, the upgrading of draining system around the area, the installation of culverts and footpaths.
The largest Coastal Rehabilitation project so far for the ministry is the construction of the $1.08m Lamini Seawall in Taveuni which is currently underway.