17th September 08:23 AM
FijiFirst government expected to maintain or increase budget on improving infrastructure
By Dhanjay Deo
Friday 07/06/2019
Tamavua-i-wai Bridge

The FijiFirst government is again expected to put their focus on maintaining if not increasing the budget for organisations tasked with the duty to improve Fiji’s infrastructure in the 2019-2020 National Budget as it tries to modernize Fiji’s infrastructure.

Organisations such as the Fiji Roads Authority and the Water Authority of Fiji which received $563.1 million and $349.3 million respectively in the 2018-2019 National Budget are again expected to receive similar budgetary allocations to allow them to continue with major capital projects.

Most of the budgetary allocations to the Fiji Roads Authority and the Water Authority of Fiji was directed towards major capital projects.

This included constructing and upgrading water treatment plants to increase capacity in new and existing areas, upgrades in wastewater treatment plants, rural water supply program, renewal and replacement of existing road assets, upgrading and replacement of bridges and construction of four lane roads.

An allocation for the new 40 mega-litre treatment plant is also expected to be made which will be constructed in Viria, Rewa.

Public consultations have started and the project will be funded by the government, Asian Development Bank, European Investment Bank and a grant from Green Climate Fund.

A sum of $67.649 million was allocated for upgrading and replacement of bridges in the current financial year.

$5 million was allocated for the Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge while $2.7 million was put aside for the Vesidrua Bridge in Vanua Levu.

Work on these two important bridges are expected to continue in the next financial year as both are important access links to thousands of people.

Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will deliver the 2019/2020 National Budget address at 7.30pm tonight.

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