West applauds drainage initiatives
Nadi Town special administrator, Mr Aisea Tuidraki has applauded government’s commitment towards the Nadi drainage project initiative in the jet set town, an exercise poised to mitigate against future floods.
Whilst acknowledging the partnership between the government, Fiji Roads Authority and the people of Nadi in minimising the effects of flooding, Tuidraki said such efforts would go along way for future generation.
“This generation who are alive today, can tell our children that we have done something in terms of minimizing the effect of flooding in this township of Nadi,” Tuidraki said.
Mr Tuidraki commended the initiative while responding to the $200,000 cheque given to him by the Minister of Local Government Colonel Samuela Saumatua on Tuesday.
“We have managed to withstand some very serious disasters since 2009. And up to last year it just got bigger. We should stand together in partnership and in building up our town and our community and become a resilient community,” Mr Tuidraki said.
Minister Saumatua said apart from the work carried out in Nadi, his ministry will undertake more drainage works in other parts of Fiji to improve resilience against disasters like floods.
“We will soon be dredging the river that runs through Rakiraki Town and similar work will also be conducted in Lautoka and Ba. Later this year we will have to address the flooding in Labasa and in the other towns,” Col Saumatua said.
“Here in Nadi, the central Government has a big plan to divert the Nadi River to reduce the impact of flooding to Nadi Town and the surrounding area.”