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Build us a stronger bridge, Bua chief pleads authorities

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Build us a stronger bridge, Bua chief pleads authorities The temporary bridge that the villagers of Bua Lomanikoro have constructed. Photo: Supplied/Ratu Makutu Nagagavoka

Bua chief Ratu Makutu Na­gagavoka is pleading with relevant authorities to help them build a stronger and perma­nent bridge for his villagers.

The old suspension bridge had withered away and was damaged during flooding in 2015. It was be­ing used by the villagers of Bua Lomanikoro and other villages nearby.

“We want it repaired because we don’t want anyone to get hurt,” Ratu Makutu said.

“Students and other villagers who use the footbridge were affected as far as transportation is concerned.”

After the flooding in 2015, the vil­lagers, students and market ven­dors had to use a makeshift raft to get across the river. The other option was to travel by carrier but this would be costly and would take longer to get to the other side.

The villagers then built a tem­porary one last year made out of timber. It has no safety railings and can easily be swept away should the river get flooded again.

“There are six villagers, not in­cluding the settlements, who use the footbridge every day,” Ratu Ma­kutu said.

“Last year the villagers built a temporary one so that we can use it while waiting for relevant authori­ties to help us.

“Most villagers are market ven­dors and they need a stronger and permanent bridge so that it will be easy to transport their produce to the Nabouwalu or Labasa mar­kets.”

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) confirmed a Request for Tender for the construction of a single lane bridge at Bua Lomanikoro closed on January 25, 2018.

Villages that use the bridge – Bua;

Dalomo; Koroinasolo; Navuniye­vu; Waitabu; and Tiliva.

The damaged bridge at Bua Lomanikoro. Bua PHOTO;PENI DRAUNA

The damaged bridge at Bua Lomanikoro. Bua PHOTO;PENI DRAUNA

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