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Nadi Communities Praise For Law Change

Leases for those living on state land
17 May 2022 15:54
Nadi Communities Praise For Law Change
Roselyn Lata Kumar with daughter Vaniya Latchman at their home in Malolo Transmitter in Nadi. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A mother of two children will now be able to witness a dream her late parents had worked for.

Roselyn Lata Kumar, 35, of Malolo Transmitter in Nadi is among those who praised the Government for assisting them in securing their land title.

The law that Parliament passed last week is the State Lands (Amendment) Act 2022.

Ms Kumar recounted that at a young age she moved with her family in 2000 from Kavanagasau, Sigatoka to relocate to their current Nadi home.

They rebuilt their lives there, but one thing was missing – a land title.

“This is good news, we moved here with my dad and we have been trying to get the land title, but we have been given the run around,” she said.

“Now there is hope for my children, I wish dad was around to see this.”

A former hotel worker, Ashok Chand, 55, of Naidovi, outside Nadi was also

overjoyed with the praise worthy news.

Mr Chand is originally from Masimasi, Tavua and has been living and renting a home in Nadi for the past 27 years.

He resided on a quarter acre land since 2008.

“This is a grand move by the Government to give people like us the title,” he said.

“Once sorted, this title will benefit all parties and landowners will receive rates. If Government can fast track this development, we can get a loan from the bank to expand our home.”

Dhirendra Singh, 45, shared similar sentiments. He has been running around trying to secure a permanent residence for the past 15 years.

Mr Singh is originally from Vatusui, Ba, but now calls Naidovi his home.

“The previous owners here have gone, left us with these arrangements. We needed more help from the Government and now there is light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

Other communities found to be living under similar situations are in Navo, Nasau and Solovi.

The amendment to the State Lands Act 1945 would give the Director of Lands the ability to cancel ahead leases and issue separate leases for those who have been living there for years.

Most State Leases had the condition that if the lease holder wanted to subdivide, sell it or sell parts of the land, they had to get the director’s consent.

For a number of decades, this had not happened nor had the Lands Department enforced the provision strictly.

 



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