Community members living along Naivorovoro Road in Nakasi are worried of the condition of their roads- frustrated as to how relevant authorities are paying little attention to their plea in attending to this matter.
Naivorovoro Road resident, Bhan Prakash says they have been raising this matter to the Housing Authority of Fiji (HAF) for the last 10 months, after the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) confirmed with them that these roads does not belong to FRA.
“The FRA told us that the Housing Authority have not handed it over to them yet,” Prakash says.
“Hence our efforts in pushing for this matter up to the Housing Authority to take action and do something about it.
“As you may have seen, these potholes are just getting wider and deeper by the days, and it’s becoming a nuisance to us all.
“It’s also a worrying matter as people who walks on the sides of these roads have to be more careful now, as vehicles now tend to drive by the roadside just to dodge these potholes.”
Since December 2018, Prakash says they’ve been drafting letters and writing to the relevant authority, requesting for their attention. Until today, residents of Naivorovoro Road feels their plea has been falling on deaf ears all this time.
“Nothing has been done about our request and the road is becoming dangerous for children to use as motorists try to dodge these big potholes,” he says.
“We pay for our town rates to the Nausori Town Council and now that just makes us wonder where our money goes to, especially now when we really need the relevant authority’s attention.”
Housing Authority of Fiji Board Chairman, Nesbitt Hazelman says that temporary work have started, but the delay is due to the contractor assigned, waiting for the right tools they’ve purchased from overseas, in order to start their work.
Meanwhile, Isikeli Naduva of the Housing Authority further adds that they are currently in consultation with the FRA, and are looking at the rectification process of the road, together with the patching of potholes where needed in the Wainibuku area.
Navuda adds that FRA will require some further testing done before confirmation of what the design of repairs will be.
“While waiting for that, we have also engaged a contractor to supply asphalt (hot mix) to temporarily await final design approval,” Navuda says.
“The contractor was not able to supply hot mix due to their plant breakdown and because of that, they have acquired spare parts from New Zealand before they can resume operations. This may take another two weeks.
“As such, we’ve gone for an alternative temporary option of filling potholes with crushed gravel to alleviate and improve road conditions temporarily.”
Navuda says that next week, they will look at finalising arrangements with the nominated contractor and begin mobilisation and work.
“The time frame to complete the work would take about 30 days,” he adds.