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Detail examination by Engineers required – Reddy

14:23 Tue Mar 13, 2018

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Sainiani Boila

Detailed examination by engineers are required before certain structures are constructed in waterways.

Minister for Waterways, Dr. Mahendra Reddy says the general public can expect some delays after lodging reports to do with flooding because a thorough analysis must be done before any work can be undertaken in flood prone areas.

“We need proper assessment; we need people or experts and these engineers to undertake. That is why whenever there is an issue or complaint, we send our team down to undertake a detail scoping and these are expert engineers at lease with a diploma in civil engineering, or Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering so that we really don’t temper with the Water Way.”

In response to Dr. Reddy, Opposition MP, Parmod Chand stressed that the government needs to urgently attend to flooding issues.

“I believe much of this could have be avoided in the towns and cities about flooding if we have municipal elections as promised by the relevant minister way back in 2014. The special administrators in place are not accountable as they were in the past when local government representatives were elected.”

Opposition Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa added that this area has been neglected by the government in the last twelve years.

“One of the reasons we have floods is because of the government’s poor performance in regulating logging, policing their EIAs, issuing contracts to dirty business that pollute our rivers and dump their industrial wastes into the Kinoya sewerage plant which ends up in our seas and rivers.”

Kepa says there is a need to clamp down on businesses involved in unsustainable logging practices in addition to dumping waste water into our rivers.

Meanwhile, the Waterways ministry was allocated $24.2million to address the issue of flooding and to install proper drainage systems around the country.

Dr. Reddy made the statement as part of a Ministerial statement on flooding and its causes in Parliament yesterday.

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