Nas­inu res­i­dents com­plain rub­bish piles not col­lected

Town Coun­cil: Ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity of the res­i­dents, who put out their rub­bish days af­ter the town coun­cil has col­lected it

Fiji Sun - - NATION - KELERA SOVASIGA Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: kelera.sovasiga@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Nas­inu Town Coun­cil has been col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co-op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA) since June 15 to clear waste around the Nas­inu area af­ter the af­ter­math of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Harold.

And res­i­dents of Nas­inu have been urged by the Nas­inu Town Coun­cil to strictly ad­here to the coun­cil’s waste col­lec­tion sched­ule.

This was high­lighted by Nas­inu Town Coun­cil act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Ni­matari Co­lau­dolu, af­ter a few res­i­dents of Narere com­plained of rub­bish still not col­lected around their neigh­bour­hood.

“The rub­bish piles that are seen in some ar­eas is be­cause of the ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity of res­i­dents, who put out their rub­bish days af­ter the town coun­cil has col­lected it. Res­i­dents should take own­er­ship of it,” Mr Co­lau­dolu said.

Narere res­i­dent, Vi­jay Singh, claims that the rub­bish piles and stag­nant wa­ter near Kel­land Street round­about has been there for months af­ter many com­plaints to the town coun­cil.

“The leak­ing wa­ter pipes have cre­ated a pond around the rub­bish and mos­qui­toes are breed­ing there,” he said.

“I have gone to the town coun­cil and asked for them to re­move the rub­bish, but noth­ing has been done. It is so frus­trat­ing be­cause I am con­cerned about the health of res­i­dents here.”

Mr Co­lau­dolu said: “We have already cleared the whole of Narere and we are re­quest­ing res­i­dents to ad­here to the sched­ule be­cause oth­er­wise it de­feats the pur­pose of be­ing re­spon­si­ble. It would re­sult to a $40 lit­ter fine.”

More­over, the Nas­inu Town Coun­cil, with the as­sis­tance of the Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices, are in­creas­ing com­mu­nity aware­ness pro­grammes on proper man­age­ment of waste and dis­posal. Preven­tion aware­ness on ma­jor diseases such as dengue fever, lep­tospiro­sis and ty­phoid was part of their clean-up op­er­a­tion.

Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Vi­jay Singh of Kel­land Street, Narere, points at the pile of rub­bish on their street roundad­bout on July 4, 2020.

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