Roads are in a shocking state

Wednesday May 28, 2014 Published in Letters to the Editor
Road works on the back road as part of the Te Mato Vai water infrastructure project. 14051315 Road works on the back road as part of the Te Mato Vai water infrastructure project. 14051315

Dear Editor, The heavy rain experienced around Rarotonga last Thursday has again highlighted just how bad the state of the capital's roads, sidewalks and drainage systems really are.

While many would argue that the finger of blame for the terrible state of the capital's roads and sidewalks lies squarely with Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI), this is not entirely true. Any major upgrading work to improve the condition of the poor road conditions on Rarotonga ultimately takes the government of the day to commit to addressing the problem and subsequently approve/allocate funds from the national budget to do so.

Sadly, the CIP-government doesn’t seem to recognise the importance of such essential infrastructure for Rarotonga, particularly given the country’s heavy reliance on the tourism sector and the importance of good infrastructure to cater for that industry, and has therefore failed to make sure that ICI has adequate funds in its outputs to ensure that Rarotonga’s roads, sidewalks and drainage systems are not only maintained but improved on an ongoing basis.

Then again, I still fail to see why this critical work cannot be contracted out by ICI to the private sector, who I am most certain would do a far better job than the road works department at maintaining our roads, footpaths and drainage systems to a standard or level that is reasonably acceptable by locals and tourists.

Time for real change

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