Fiji Sun : 2020-06-24

NATION : 4 : 4


FIJI SUN | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2020 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ 4 NATION SERVICE LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY 45,000 traffic violations last year: Maharaj would replace Sports City. “The office in Garden City will be twice the size of a Sports City with big modern offices,” he said. He said LTA offices that were closed in Nakasi and Navua would be reopened after a few months. their office in SHREEYA VERMA the increase in number of young drivers and vehicles that also caused congestion on our roads. Mr Maharaj said this was “a continuing challenge for LTA”. Last year’s violation figure dropped to 37,000 for the same period this year. This, Mr Maharaj said, was because of the decrease in the number of vehicles on our roads since the COVID-19 restrictio­ns. He emphasised the need for drivers to follow traffic rules. “Especially the young drivers who are breaking the traffic rules, they need to be cautious on our roads,” Mr Maharaj said. He added the authority was planning to open another office at the Garden City, Raiwai, at the end of July, 2020, which SUVA M ore than 45,000 traffic lights and speed camera violations were recorded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in the first quarter of last year. LTA chairman Vijay Maharaj said this could be attributed to Edited by Ivamere Nataro Feedback: shreeya.verma@fijisun. Villagers grateful for Ministry’s interventi­on ILAIJIA RAVUWAI SUVA Villagers of Waikete, Vunivaivai, Naila, and Naitalases­e in Tailevu are grateful to the Ministry of Environmen­t for its interventi­on regarding their concerns on the infestatio­n of flies in their villages. In April, families had raised health concerns with Goodman Fielder Internatio­nal (Fiji) Pte Ltd, which owns the poultry farm near the villages, and government stakeholde­rs. Resident, Iosefo Naduva said it had been more than six weeks and the infestatio­n of flies in these areas had stopped. He said since the ministry’s interventi­on, the company had cleaned its raw shed every two weeks instead of its normal practise of six weeks. “Now the community and the villages enjoy having their meals outside of a mosquito net, which was a practise for us before,” Mr Naduva said. ■27 ■4 ■11

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