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FRA urges public not to dump rubbish on roads and drains

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is urging members of the public to refrain from dumping rubbish on the roads and in drains.  In a statement, FRA Maintenance Works Manager Mr Aram Goes said it is the responsibility of everyone not to dispose of household rubbish or green waste into the roadside drains. GOES: “The FRA […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 10, 2016 3:57 pm

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is urging members of the public to refrain from dumping rubbish on the roads and in drains. 

Empty plastic bottles and other rubbish dumped in drains. (FRA)
Empty plastic bottles and other rubbish dumped in drains. (FRA)

In a statement, FRA Maintenance Works Manager Mr Aram Goes said it is the responsibility of everyone not to dispose of household rubbish or green waste into the roadside drains.

GOES: “The FRA will periodically clean and spray roadside drains to ensure the free flow of water, however, obstructions placed in these drains such as rubbish, hedge clippings and improper driveways that block up the drains are the resident’s responsibility.”

Mr Goes said a lot of drains are not kept clean and the water does not flow to the outlets properly.

GOES: “We are working closely with the Land and Water Resource Management Department on improving drains that outlet from the roadsides to the main waterways.”

He said this is important in low-lying areas prone to flooding, where stagnant water can then become a health issue for breeding mosquitoes.

Mr Goes said people need to take ownership of their own driveways and manage their roadside drain frontages responsibly to avoid blocking drains.

GOES: “We are urging the public to please be more responsible and do not dump rubbish on the roads and the drains, and show common respect and courtesy for their communities.”

Meanwhile, Mr Goes said maintaining private driveways on the road reserve remains the responsibility of the landowners or persons seeking access to their land.

GOES: “We have a process where any member of the public carrying out work on their driveway in the road corridor can do so under permit with conditions set by the FRA.”

He said these conditions are to ensure the construction meets the required standards.

GOES: “We have observed unsuitable construction materials and inadequate driveway pipe sizes, another issue that has come to light is improper rubbish disposal in roadside drains.”

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