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Residents, Digicel Differ Over Tower

RANOBA BAOA SUVA Concerns have been raised by a few residents over the proposed construction of a network tower by Digicel Fiji at the corner of Bureta and Tabou Street
09 Aug 2014 10:12

The site at Tubou Street piece of land said to be area where Digicel will erect its network tower. Photo: Jona Konataci...Inset: The park just next to the site. Photo: Supplied

RANOBA BAOA
SUVA

Concerns have been raised by a few residents over the proposed construction of a network tower by Digicel Fiji at the corner of Bureta and Tabou Street in Tamavua, Suva.
As part of its $7 million network upgrade, Digicel Fiji will construct a number of towers around the country to expand its network reach over the coming months.
Digicel Fiji has therefore proposed to erect a 30-metre high lattice antenna tower on the existing open space/park at the corner of Bureta and Tabou Street.
The Suva City Council issued a letter to residents the past month titled: Proposed Transmission Tower at S 1002 Lot 27 Tubou Street, Suva for Digicel (Fiji) Ltd.

The letter
The letter cites Digicel’s interest in constructing a telecommunications tower with ancillary facility.
“The use is a ‘Conditional Development’ on the subject site and requires the approval of the Director of Town and Country planning,” the letter said.
“Before further consideration, the applications it is appropriate that Council obtain comments from the residents in the vicinity who are likely to be affect.”
Rajneel Kumar, a resident of 78 Bureta Street, claimed even before the process was to take place, notable ground works were already underway.
Digicel has confirmed that no such works have taken place.
Digicel Fiji chief technical officer Mudassar Latif said: “We have our application pending on approval from the authorities for this site for our proposed tower.
“But I can confirm that Digicel has not done any construction works at the proposed site at the corner of Bureta Street & Tubou Street.”
Queries were forwarded to SCC. Acting chief executive, Bijay Chand, confirmed briefly: “No approval given by SCC as yet.”
Meanwhile, Mr Kumar said his reason for objecting to the construction was that the construction of the tower could lead to health and social issues.
“We are very disappointed that Digicel has chosen the site within metres of the children park,” he said.
Observation
Upon arrival on mentioned site, there seems to be some form of development but this had probably taken place more than six months ago.
This is just behind the children’s park where work is notable. Landscaping and clearing of space on a no more than a quarter acre of land is evident.
It’s also evident that this piece of land had required extensive ground and civil works during dates unknown.
However, the mentioned also seems to be an extension of the children’s park with a volley ball posts erected for perhaps afternoon neighbourhood fun.
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