2019/2020 Budget Consultations: Forward plans required of WAF

WAF workers at the site where a leak was reported on the high-pressure water pipeline from the Vaturu Dam to the Nagado Water Treatment Plant. Picture: FT FILE/SUPPLIED

GOVERNMENT is now seeking forward plans from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) prior to the construction of any four-lane road project.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made this known while speaking at the 2019/2020 National Budget consultation in Lautoka yesterday indicating this requirement to limit damage on infrastructure.

“One of the other things, when we do the four-lane, is we get WAF to give us their forward plans,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“In Fiji, traditionally, they used to build a road, they put the water pipe underneath, so if a water pipe leaks, you dig the road to fix the pipe.

“So to fix one infrastructure, you damage another.”

To curb this, the A-G said the Government was now focused on making utilities accessible and limit damage to other infrastructure in the process.

More from our coverage of the 2019/2020 National Budget Consultations in today’s edition of The Sunday Times and also in our e-Edition.

More Stories