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Dispute Holds Up Work On New Bus Stand: A-G

Dispute Holds Up Work On New Bus Stand: A-G
From left:Conie Matawalu of Nilsen College during the Budget consultation at Tavua College on May 10, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers, Hannah Talei of Tavua College during the Budget consultation at Tavua College on May 10, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers, Vanshika Chandra of Balata College during the Budget consultation at Tavua College on May 10, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers,Vanshika Chandra of Balata College during the Budget consultation at Tavua College on May 10, 2017.
May 11
11:00 2017

A landowners’ dispute has held up the construction of a new bus stand for Tavua.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum  made the disclosure in response to a question during the Budget consultations at Tavua College yesterday.

Hannah Talei, a student of Tavua College, asked why Government had not built a proper bus stand for the people of Tavua.

Ms Talei said the present bus stand near the marketplace was overcrowded and busy during school days. She also highlighted the lack of shelter during the rainy season.

“To help solve this problem we are requesting a proper bus stand in Tavua or permit to be given to bus companies for students to be picked from school,” she said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the lack of a proper bus stand for Tavua had been a big concern to Government.

“The dispute amongst the landowners is right now before the court, but we would like to place the bus stand where it is accessible to everybody,” he said.

“The only issue we have is where we put it.

“If you can find a land in Tavua suitable for everybody we will do it. The issue is about land.”

Vanshika Chandra, of Balata College, said: “The Government should allow or encourage other private sector investments which would create more employment in the locality.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Government had already declared all the way from Nausori  on the Kings Road to Matawalu village in Lautoka as a Tax Free Zone.

“Anyone who sets up a business all the way from Matawalu in Lautoka to Nausori will not pay taxes for 13 years.”

Mohammed Shamir Azam also, of Balata College, highlighted the need to have adequate medical services.

“There should be availability of more comfortable benches for the patients to sit on while waiting to be called.”

 

Other submissions from Balata High School included:

Upgrades to Nadarivatu Highway. The road leading to Nadarivatu has become a common road that leads to Monasavu Dam. Lately the condition of this road had deteriorated.

Conie Matawalu of Nilsen College claimed some bus companies were not accepting bus tickets from school students.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they were going to look into these issues.

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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