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Gravel supply a concern for FRA projects

The road upgrade project of the 9km of Natewa West Coast road and 4.5km of Korotasere road in Vanua Levu will now be completed by mid-August. In a statement, Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Programme Manager for Roads Mr Apisai Ketenilagi said there has been delays for the road projects due to the licensing process for gravel […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 6, 2016 12:45 pm

The road upgrade project of the 9km of Natewa West Coast road and 4.5km of Korotasere road in Vanua Levu will now be completed by mid-August.

Progress being made by FRA contractor, Prem Civil Engineering Limited at the Korotasere Road in Vanua Levu. (FRA)
Progress being made by FRA contractor, Prem Civil Engineering Limited at the Korotasere Road in Vanua Levu. (FRA)

In a statement, Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Programme Manager for Roads Mr Apisai Ketenilagi said there has been delays for the road projects due to the licensing process for gravel extraction.

KETENILAGI: “Our contractor, Fairdeal Earthmoving Contractors Limited managed to complete Wailevu West Coast road last year due to the materials source readily available locally at Bucalevu pit within the contract location.”

Mr Ketenilagi said the Korotasere Road Project was supposed to continue immediately after the completion of the Wailevu West Coast road in March.

KETENILAGI: “We have had our challenges, firstly it was the adverse weather conditions earlier this year and secondly, there were delays with securing granular materials extraction license due to the process involved which delayed the completion of this contract into August.”

Mr Ketenilagi said the FRA is committed in providing better and safer rural roads to help improve the lives of all Fijians.

KETENILAGI: “We would like to acknowledge the assistance rendered by the Commissioner Northern’s Office in securing the contractor gravel license pit for the Korotasere Road Project.”

He said once these roads are completed, hundreds of farmers and their families will have proper access to health, schools and markets to Labasa and Savusavu without having to pay higher transportation costs.

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