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Bala, NFP row

Bala, NFP row
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto (front, second from left) with soldiers cleaning up the Laucala Bay shoreline on June 20, 2018. Photo: RFMF Media Cell
August 12
14:27 2014

All terms and conditions relating to the lease of land close to Churchill Park were established in a transparent manner, says the Lautoka City Council special administrator.

Praveen Bala, said land leased to local companies Tappoos and P.Meghji, was leased and not sold as alleged by the National Federation Party.

“The land was not sold, it was leased, there is a difference between sold and leased,” said Mr Bala.

He said expressions of interest were called for and the two companies were allowed to lease afterwards.

NFP candidate nominee Jaganath Sami said Lautoka City ratepayers had a right to know the terms and conditions of the leasing agreement with the two local companies.

“The Lautoka City Council has no elected ratepayers representatives and therefore the council and Government has no legal rights to dispose ratepayers assets,” said Mr Sami.

Mr Bala claimed Mr Sami made the comments at a recent NFP campaign meeting in Natokowaqa in Lautoka.

Mr Sami, on the other hand, said he did not say it was sold but questioned the leasing agreements.

Mr Bala said there was a 30-day submission period was given to the members of the public and no objections were received.

“The town planning committee sent a 30-day submission which was advertised for people to raise their concerns, no objection was received in these days,” said Mr Bala.

“The Town and Country Planning (TCP) Department also should come under scrutiny of how approval was given to lease the subject lands for the said Tapoos City and P.Meghji’s Hotel Project,” said the Mr. Sami.

He questioned whether environmental and occupational safety and health reports had been provided for TCP to view before they approved the leasing agreement.

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