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250 Vendors Will Benefit From New Laqere Market

250 Vendors Will Benefit From New Laqere Market
Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala.
May 19
11:55 2018

‘The Laqere market is progressing well with the main building construction nearing completion. It’s almost 85 per cent done’

More than 250 market vendors sell­ing on the roadside in the Nasinu area are expected to benefit from the new Laqere Market that will open soon.

Responding to questions raised in the Fiji­an Parliament yesterday, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Bala said Nasinu Town Council was the largest municipality in Fiji.

“It took the FijiFirst Government to see the need to have a municipal market in Nas­inu,” Mr Bala said.

“The Laqere market is progressing well with the main building construction near­ing completion. It’s almost 85 per cent done.”

He said work on the general interior fit­tings including car parks, were expected to commence next month and the municipal market operation will commence soon.

Mr Bala said the market would have 400 vendors, nine small kiosks, and a fish mar­ket including disabled friendly provisions.

“I have been told by the Nasinu Town Council that there is demand for more stalls,” he said,

“I wish to inform the house and those who have applied, we won’t disappoint them.

“We have enough land and we have provi­sions for the expansion programme. Upon request we will make sure that we extend the Nasinu Municipal Market.”

Mr Bala said their priority now was for the vendors selling on the roadside.

“We basically have the details of all the people who are selling on the roadside and its almost 250 people now,” the minister said.

He added that the benefits of the progress would include an increase in economic ac­tivities and a good selling environment be­cause this would serve as a meeting point for the people of Nasinu to promote their agriculture products.

The Government is investing an estimated $7 million towards the project which in­cludes land, car park and modern facilities that will improve economic outcomes.

Edited by Percy Kean

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