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Veivauceva Squatters Told That Lease For Land Has Been Paid

Residents of the Veivauceva Settlement were told that Government had paid iTaukei Lands Trust Board (TLTB) the lease for the land they were staying on. And it was earmarked for
10 Jul 2019 18:10
Veivauceva Squatters Told That Lease For Land Has Been Paid
Minister for Local Government and Housing Premila Kumar (right), with residents of Veivauceva Settlement on July 8, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Residents of the Veivauceva Settlement were told that Government had paid iTaukei Lands Trust Board (TLTB) the lease for the land they were staying on.

And it was earmarked for development to formalise the informal settlement.

Local Government and Housing Minister Premila Kumar had put things into perspective for people  living at the settlement in Tacirua on Monday night.

Mrs Kumar told about 100 people at the Ram Krishna Temple, of Government’s intent to develop the land into lots with proper infrastructure.

She said people in the settlement did not need to pay TLTB or the landowners because the Ministry of Local Government was paying on their behalf.

“The first thing people living in informal settlements have to realise is that they are living on land which do not have leases,” she said.

“We want the people to know what is the development work and what their responsibilities are.

“This is very important in an informal settlement.

“My message to them is that they have to live as a community and should not be fighting among themselves and claim to own the driveway, the road or the footpath.

“They cannot own that because they don’t have a development lease.”

Minister Kumar said she wanted to educate residents on the subject matter.

She told those present that Government would develop the settlement within the financial year.

Once development was done leases would be issued.

She clarified that the Ministry of Local Government had paid for the lease of the settlement and the people living in the settlement only had to clarify with the iTaukei Land Trust Board.

Mrs Kumar also warned people of Veivauceva Settlement that they should refrain from extending their houses and building new structures because these would need to go once the land was subdivided.

She warned that people who lived outside and had houses in the settlement would pay market rate if they wanted land after it was subdivided.

Resident Joe Lesi said he is looking forward to the development of the land that will allow the people to own leases and have proper facilities such as water, electricity and other amenities.

Edited by Percy Kean

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