Deteriorating road condition; Bus firm suspends services

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Parmod Chand. Picture: FILE

About 5000 people, including students in rural areas of Bua and Macuata, have no public transport services after Parmod Enterprises Ltd ceased bus services at least two days ago.

Company director Parmod Chand said the deteriorating road condition had not helped at all.

“The buses cannot travel on these roads so we had to suspend services,” Mr Chand said.

“It’s also a risk for passengers and my drivers to be travelling these roads as anything could happen and their lives are at stake.

“We have written to the Fiji Roads Authority to raise our concerns about the road condition in these areas.”

Mr Chand said on Tuesday, buses that travelled to Nukusere in Macuata and Koroinasolo in Bua got stuck in a boggy area.

“When this happens, we hire the bulldozers to pull the buses out and that’s an extra cost on our company,” he said.

“We hope something is done about it so we can resume services.”

The FRA in a statement said they were aware of the present road conditions in the specified areas.

“These roads are included in our routine monthly maintenance program and work is currently underway on-site,” FRA stated.

“Specifically, repairs are being carried out on the Koroinasolo Rd, Nabouwalu Rd, and Kubulau Rd in Bua, as well as the Wainikoro Rd, Daku Hill, Lagi Nukusere Rd and later on the Qaranivai Rd in Macuata.”

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