Government maintains its steadfast commitment to improve the lives of ordinary Fijians especially those living in rural areas.
This follows an investment of $2.6 million dollars in the construction of two new Irish crossings in Vutuni, Ba that will benefit more than 2000 villagers living in the area.
While commissioning the bridge, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Hon. Parveen Kumar said the rippling effect of positive opportunities of this infrastructure that will bring upon the residents daily lives is stupendous.
“These two new crossings will support the harvesting and transporting of approximately 5,000 tons of sugarcane, boost vegetable and livestock farming in the area through improved connectivity,” Minister Kumar said.
“Our 2013 Constitution has put aside divisive policies of the past to ensure that all Fijians have access and equal rights to government services whether you live in the remote villagers in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu or in our furthest maritime islands.”
Minister Kumar adds the construction of the two new crossing is an enabling tool, which the people of Ba must utilize for their maximum benefit.
Fiji Roads Authority, Chief Executive Officer, Mr Neil Cook said the Irish crossing is designed to last over 50 years.
“It is designed to stand floods due to its resilient infrastructure,” Mr Cook said.
“We have delivered a high quality built product that will stand the test of time.”
Government has injected another $12 million in the construction of Rakiraki Bridge to ease traffic flow into Rakiraki town and which will be commissioned in a few weeks’ time.