Urbanisation: Ticking Time bomb

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Dear Editor 

Re: What’s good for Apia is good for us

I have to congratulate the Samoa Observer for your wide-ranging series of interviews with people from the villages to obtain their opinions on life. There has been a wide range of opinions expressed and it has been a very balanced way in which you have approached the subject matter. I have enjoyed reading all of the articles, including the video of interviews.

It gives a great insight into the life of the rural villages where all perspectives have been shared.

One thing I think is a growing problem for Samoa is urbanisation. All these people moving into Apia-Vaitele is in my opinion a ticking time bomb. A better pattern of growth is for people to remain living in their villages but to improve the transport links between Apia and the villages so people can easily commute for work. A good first class highway system linking Apia to Aleipata, Siumu and Falelatai through the central hinterlands of Upolu would improve travel times dramatically.

I understand the government is planning on townships for Aleipata, Mulifanua and other places. This needs to be brought forward before Apia-Vaitele grows into an urban jungle with shanty towns around it.

 

PS Jeffery

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