Asking for better roads

By Aruna Lolani ,

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Shop-owner: Vaaiga Leatapue, worries about the poor quality of roads at Tufulele.

Shop-owner: Vaaiga Leatapue, worries about the poor quality of roads at Tufulele. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

Bad roads can affect a lot of things; it can affect people living in a particular area,  it can ruin car tyres or make it difficult for cars to get to their destinations and it’s even worse when heavy rainfalls occur.

Va’aiga Leatapue from the village of Tufulele 

Aged 45, Va’aiga is not happy about the conditions of their roads at Tufulele.

“I’m a shopkeeper and I expect good roads because a lot of cars come through this way so that’s a lot of people. 

“My shop is a reason for people travelling here but who would want to continue coming this way if this is how bad the road is?

“The worst time is when it rains, there’s water flooding everywhere because there is no drainage on the sides of the road for the water to go to.

“So it not only affects those who drive on this road with their cars, it affects people who are walking to get to their houses.

“Sometimes, I can’t even get a taxi driver to bring me all the way home because they are too afraid of how bad the road is and honestly I don’t blame them. 

NO DRAINAGE: After heavy rain the road surface is washed away and there is flooding because there are no drains.
NO DRAINAGE: After heavy rain the road surface is washed away and there is flooding because there are no drains.

“I mean the roads are really bad and it all starts from the inner village up to the very end of this road.

Va’aiga said the high chief of Tufulele promised the villagers during elections, that this will be one of the projects he will be working on but after the elections, that promised died.

“It’s just so sad when a lot of people stand up for somebody and in the end, he couldn’t even keep one promise to his supporters.

“What happens to creating a better world, right?

“I’m asking for these roads to be fixed because it’s not just for me, it’s for everyone who is staying in this area.

“We are worried about our safety and the safety of others that travel on these roads especially during times of bad weather. 

“When roads are in a really bad state, it’s a problem to society and problems are meant to be fixed.”

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