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EDITORIAL: New Market and Bus Stand Show Nausori on the Rise

EDITORIAL: New Market and Bus Stand Show Nausori on the Rise
September 12
17:10 2015

The opening of the Nausori Market and bus stand yesterday is a significant and great day for this bustling town. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, the chief guest, eloquently retraced the town’s struggle from the colonial days to today.

The time has come a long way since those early days.

The old bus stand was simply too small and it created a bottleneck and many traffic jams during peak hours.

The new $3-million complex, side by side, will ease the traffic congestion and is convenient for vendors and shoppers.

The old market, opened in 1938, is too old and a health hazard. When it rains, vendors and shoppers have to put up with the wet and dampness. The standard and quality of food sold are also affected.

Nausori is a busy hub for people from Tailevu, Rewa and Naitasiri, and the Suva-Nausori corridor which is the most densely populated area in the country.

It is their business centre and meeting point. Thousands of people pass through the town, an important link to three provinces.

The upgrade of public facilities like the market and bus stand will help transform their lives. When people descend on the town for a festival, it is clear that it is bursting at the seams and it needs expansion.

This market and bus stand project is a catalyst for that expansion. Nausori is no longer the sleepy little town that it used to be.

The benefits of infrastructure developments in Tailevu, Naitasiri and Rewa have spilled over to Nausori. Better roads have boosted economic activities in the region and Nausori is strategically located  to share the benefits too.

Nausori is a cog in the wheel of our national economy and achievements there have a significant impact. Other commercial projects being planned for the town, will lift the town’s profile.

It is also a good time to pay tribute to the town’s pioneers, those who sacrificed a lot to build the town from seemingly impossible odds. The market vendors are part of this special group and Mr Bainimarama yesterday singled out Mrs Ram Pati.

She has had a stall there for 70 years – a truly remarkable achievement. Mrs Pati first started selling vegetables at the old market in the mid 1940s and has been doing so ever since.

She epitomises the tenacity and resilience of the town’s proud early residents.

The ravages of cyclones and devastating floods over the years failed to drive them away. They get up and start all over again. For Mrs Pati, the new market and bus stand is a dream come true. She probably did not think that in her lifetime she would be able to see this change.

Nausori is the latest in a series of market developments completed in a number of towns. Along with it is the recognition of the important role the vendors play in the economy. In some towns, Government has helped to build accommodation to cater for women vendors travelling from long distances in the interior of the island, who stay overnight Friday to sell on Saturday.

Nausori is increasingly becoming an important gateway to and from the outside because of Nausori International Airport’s close proximity.



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