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Work underway to improve the road network: Moore

September 2, 2018 6:07 pm

Importation of vehicles do not contribute to road congestion.

Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum clarified this during the Business 2025 forum, where questions were raised on how vehicle imports can be controlled as it leads to traffic congestion.

Sayed-Khaiyum says it’s important to understand that while traffic congestion is an issue – the increase mobility has benefited many Fijians.

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“The duty is now 32% but the real matter is that the cost of credit is cheaper so more people can buy it. Saki my driver who has been driving for past couple of years has four five kids is a fantastic driver a fantastic mechanic and wanted to own his own car and has finally bought his own car.”

Meanwhile, the Fiji Roads Authority’s chief executive Jonathan Moore says a lot of work is currently being carried out to improve the road network.

He adds this is not an easy task as they’re facing many challenges which has caused delays in some major road upgrades.

“We are looking for quarry soil over the country to allow scale of resources for the new seal roads .Shortage of contractors in the country so what we are doing now is that we are working to make sure that contractors get fair share of the work.”

Some major road development currently underway includes the four lane project which is being carried out in the Nakasi/Nausori and Nadi/Lautoka corridor.

The FRA will also build a bypass road and a second bridge crossing in Labasa.

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