Water concerns at Sangam convention

Rifle Range Mariamman Temple Committee with their float procession at the TISI Sangam Convention in Lautoka in April, 2019. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

SOME of the 5000 plus participants in this year’s 92nd Sangam Convention are frustrated with the water shutdown in Lautoka.

The annual convention draws thousands of people from Fiji and around the world and this year’s event was no exception.

Nitesh Ram, who travelled with his team from Budisau, Labasa, said they were finding it difficult to cope with the intermittent supply.

“In fact, we have been complaining about this from last night (Thursday) but nothing has been done,” he said.

“We have paid money to stay at the venue and this has been an inconvenience for us.”

Other participants have also voiced concerns about unhygienic and unsanitary conditions the players have been forced to endure.

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) had announced water supply would be intermittent or completely disrupted in some parts of Lautoka because of repair works on a pipeline at Batiri this Easter long weekend.

Supply is expected to be normalised by Tuesday morning.

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