Infrastructural development

Fred Wesley | Friday, January 12, 2018
Well-developed infrastructure should have a vital role in economic growth. Ideally it should aid in setting up an environment conducive to good economic growth.
Fred Wesley. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU
Fred Wesley. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

In our context, while there obviously would be issues hanging over traffic congestion leading into the Capital City for starters, it is not difficult to accept that accessibility is crucial for our progress as a nation.

Connectivity, accessibility and the ease with which we are able to get from one point to the next are important.

We realise there are many challenges though. In the face of these factors sits a yearning by the masses for the ideal scenario where getting from point 'A' to point 'B' is not stressful, is quite pleasant, and does not take up too much time.

It does raise the issue of whether transportation issues and delays in our infrastructure development could affect progress.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said yesterday was a victory for Fiji.

Opening two bridges in the Capital City, which are vital links into Suva, he said they would now free up congestion.

They had been closed down because of aging infrastructure.

Spending time stuck in traffic, he said, can feel like the furthest thing from progress.

"It keeps us away from our families and it keeps us from being productive," he said.

The opening of the two new bridges, he said, was development that recognised growth and prepared every Fijian for even greater achievements in the years ahead.

It marked victory, he said, for all our vendors "because you can bring your goods to market in our capital much more easily".

"It is a victory for our taxi and bus drivers who can work throughout the Suva-Nausori and Lami corridor without being bogged down in endless hours of traffic."

As we count down the days now to the start of another new school term, the number of vehicles heading into Suva will grow.

Roadworks on a number of key points leading into the city will no doubt have an impact on how traffic flows next week.

However, yesterday's opening of our two new bridges is surely going to be welcomed by commuters. It will have a positive impact on freeing up congestion to some extent.

Such events are very important parts of our growth as a nation and are essential for our development.

We accept that there will always be challenges, however, perhaps it would be prudent for us to embrace the positive impact infrastructural development can bring to our nation.

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