Bimla Raises Wa­ter Con­cerns with PM

Fiji Sun - - Nation - KATHRIN KR­ISHNA kathrin.kr­ishna@fi­jisun.com.fj

Bimla Wati, 76, of Na­ba­tolu, Ba was among the few peo­ple who raised the is­sue of wa­ter cartage prob­lems dur­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s Con­sul­ta­tion in Ba on Thurs­day. Ms Wati, told Voreqe Bain­i­marama that she had been fac­ing this prob­lem for the past 76 years. “I was able to go and fetch wa­ter for my­self when I was young, but now I am ag­ing and now I can’t go to the river I had been us­ing for the past 76 years,” Ms Wati said. She said she would only re­ceive wa­ter af­ter she would re­port the mat­ter to the re­spon­si­ble au­thor­i­ties.

“I live all by my­self in the house and I have no one to look af­ter me,” she said.

“I had been fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties for so many years now and I would only re­ceive clean wa­ter for drink­ing once I re­quest for it.” In re­sponse, Mr Bain­i­marama said the Bud­get had money set aside for ru­ral wa­ter projects.

“$7.5 mil­lion has been set aside for ru­ral wa­ter sub­sidy to con­tinue and I want Wa­ter Au­thor­ity of Fiji to look into this,” Bain­i­marama said. He also made pro­vi­sions to get a wa­ter tank for her while the ru­ral wa­ter project gets un­der­way in Na­ba­tolu so that five other fam­i­lies could ben­e­fit from this. Ms Wati in an in­ter­view also men­tioned that she was thank­ful for the pro­vi­sions for such a scheme in the 2016-2017 bud­get. “I thank the Govern­ment for fi­nally ad­dress­ing such is­sues as this was on­go­ing for the last 76 years and the res­i­dents of this vil­lage were only us­ing river wa­ter which was some­times con­tam­i­nated.” Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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