Under the Public-Private Partnership agreement between the Private Civil contractors and the Ministry of Waterways, the Emergency Desilting works on 16 rivers and creeks will commence soon to mitigate flooding in the Northern division.
These emergency creek desilting works have been approved by the Department of Lands for Waiver of Fishing Rights and the Department of Environment for the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).
While handing over the offer letters to the civil contractors at the Ministry of Waterways Depot in Labasa, the Minister for Waterways, Agriculture and Environment, Dr Mahendra Reddy commended the private civil contractors for working together in partnership with the Ministry of Waterways to address flooding across the Northern Division.
“The Fijian Government is committed to protecting communities around Fiji, irrespective of their location to safeguard their infrastructure, households, businesses and agricultural farms and the Emergency Creek Desilting works will build a sense of security for communities from flash floods and socio-economic damage incurred during flooding,” he said.
The operations manager for A Khan’s Hire and services Mr Faiyaz commended the Government’s interest to work in hand with Private contractors to alleviate and address flooding in the North.
Emergency De-silting of the rivers and creeks will commence within 7 days after the signing of contract letters.