Ku­mar ad­dresses Fiji Bus Op­er­a­tors

‘The bus in­dus­try was very im­por­tant in its role not only for the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices but also its con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy by pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment.’

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - ASHNA KU­MAR Feed­back: ashna.ku­mar@fi­jisun.com.fj

Mr Ku­mar said the govern­ment had in­vested $415 mil­lion in 2014, $653 mil­lion in 2015 and $527 mil­lion in 2016 on in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion and re­newals to ad­dress the back­log in the main­te­nance of our road in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing bridges and jet­ties.

Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing safe and re­li­able pub­lic trans­porta­tion through the de­vel­op­ment of sus­tain­able road in­fra­struc­ture. Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Parveen Ku­mar told del­e­gates at the Fiji Bus Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual con­ven­tion held at the Novo­tel Suva Lami Bay Ho­tel Con­ve­tional Cen­tre yes­ter­day. Mr Ku­mar said Fiji is de­pen­dent on the trans­port sec­tor to de­velop and drive the econ­omy.

“The im­prove­ments do not come as ready­made pack­ages so I ask for pa­tience as we em­bark on the am­bi­tious pro­gramme to re­dress the prob­lems of inat­ten­tion from pre­vi­ous govern­ments in the trans­porta­tion sec­tor,” Mr Ku­mar said. Ac­cord­ing to the re­cent house­hold travel sur­vey con­ducted by the Trans­port min­istry, about 95 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion de­pend on and use bus ser­vices as the pre­ferred mode of com­mut­ing from one des­ti­na­tion to an­other.” Mr Ku­mar said the bus in­dus­try was very im­por­tant in its role not only for the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices but also its con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy by pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment. “The theme ‘Part­ner­ships Build Pub­lic Trans­port’ aligns well with the Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment in work­ing to­gether with its key part­ners in ad­vanc­ing an im­proved trans­port in­dus­try.” Mr Ku­mar said the govern­ment had in­vested $415 mil­lion in 2014, $653 mil­lion in 2015 and $527 mil­lion in 2016 on in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion and re­newals to ad­dress the back­log in the main­te­nance of our road in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing bridges and jet­ties.

Change looms in LTA top po­si­tions

Ex­pect ma­jor changes in the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity lead­er­ship, said Mr Ku­mar.

This is af­ter re­cent re­ports of cor­rup­tion sur­faced within the au­thor­ity. Mr Ku­mar said the min­istry was aware of the cor­rup­tion prac­tices in LTA. “The Govern­ment will make sure that such prac­tices are stopped. “We will make sure we clean LTA and make such poli­cies to en­sure that such cor­rupt prac­tices do not oc­cur again as we have re­ceived a lot of com­plaints within var­i­ous LTA of­fices.” Mr Ku­mar said he was aware that there was a lot of is­sues and chal­lengers faced by op­er­a­tors in par­tic­u­lar with LTA. “I have re­ceived some ma­jor com­plaints from the other stake­hold­ers, peo­ple from the trans­port in­dus­try and other op­er­a­tors in re­gards with LTA,” Mr Ku­mar said. “We can­not con­tinue to bet­ter our ser­vices while such prac­tices are in place. “We will make sure there are crys­tal clear poli­cies, reg­u­la­tions, leg­is­la­tion and guide­lines are in place so we put a stop to cor­rup­tion prac­tices.” Edited by Rosi Do­viver­ata

Photo: Gre­gory Ravoi

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Fiji

© PressReader. All rights reserved.