Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment, Dr Mahendra Reddy officiated at the successful completion of the Nakauvandra River Channel Improvement Work in Rakiraki.
The $1.3 million project began in June 2018 and has already stopped flooding in Ra Province’s main business centre.
“The works including cleaning and disposal of debris, mainly tree trunks at approximately 16 places along the lower reaches of the Nakauvadra River and resectioning of the river channel,” Reddy noted.
Large volumes of sediments were removed from the elevated river bed of the Nakauvadra creek, to increase the discharge capacity of the river.
The total length of debris and re-section works was 3.5 kilometers, 1.0 kilometers upstream of Rakiraki’s town bridge and 2.5 kilometers downstream from the bridge.