29 Jul 2013

Fiji engineer says there will be consultation on diversion canals

3:20 pm on 29 July 2013

The Fiji engineer in charge of the plan to dig diversion canals to alleviate flooding in Nadi says stakeholders will be consulted before works begin.

The Council announced last week that the Japanese International Consultancy Agency, or JICA, will carry out the project, which is a joint effort of the Japanese and Fijian governments worth 150 million US dollars.

Stakeholders have complained of little consultation so far, and that the most recent proposal is based on a dated 1998 report.

Meli Koroitamana says landowners and other interest groups will have their concerns raised at the next JICA visit, which will assess whether the project can proceed on the 1998 recommendations.

"Talks with the landowners will come into play. At the moment we are awaiting the Japanese expert team to come in, have a look at the 1998 report, and then we'll go on from there. If there's any new recommendations or changes that need to be made then all the stakeholders will be informed."

Meli Koroitamana.