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Housing Authority Of Fiji To Facilitate Development And Construction Works

Housing Authority Of Fiji To Facilitate Development And Construction Works
Housing Authority chief executive officer Punit Sethi, with other Housing Authority team members.
September 06
10:32 2017

In a historic move by the Housing Authority of Fiji, an in-house construction arm was launched within the company on Monday.

The launch marked the company’s bid to facilitate development and construction for home buyers in consultation with contractors and heavy machinery providers.

The initiative also aims to submit design plans for houses as well as building concept.

According to its chief executive officer Punit Sethi the project involves two aspects namely the construction of houses and the development of land.

He said previously home buyers had to depend on other companies to build their houses for them.

This new initiative enables housing authority to provide the complete package to customers.

“For the first time in the history of the Housing Authority, such process of construction arm (EPC-Engineering, Procurement & Construction) is being implemented on the ground,” Mr Sethi said.

“This is to facilitate cheaper development cost and allow for more affordable lots. Should this be successful it will be considered for future Housing Authority developments and construction.

“The ultimate objective of this initiative is to reduce the construction cost and pass the benefits to the deserving customers of Housing Authority.”

Mr Sethi stated that the program is being tried for civil works development at Tacirua East Stage 2 Sub Division, Phase 3A.

Adding that it will then be extended to other areas namely Nepani, Nasinu and Matavolivoli in Nadi.

Mr Sethi also acknowledged his hardworking staff who burnt the midnight oil to get the project running.

“This is an initiative through a concerted effort of all Housing Authority Departments including the technical, finance, lending and Customer Relation departments that enabled us to try out this concept in-house,” he said.

“A key requirement is to maintain the production of quality products that is both affordable and fulfils all statutory requirements.”

Moving forward, the housing authority is also considering the construction of singular houses and the strata units on the same basis to allow housing authority to produce more affordable Land & House packages.

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