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Land Swap Good: Ratu Inoke

However SODELPA concerned about lack of consultation with Suvavou villagers. The Government thinks it’s getting a good deal with the Indian Government by swapping land in Suva with prime real
02 Dec 2014 10:41
Land Swap Good: Ratu Inoke

However SODELPA concerned about lack of consultation with Suvavou villagers.

The Government thinks it’s getting a good deal with the Indian Government by swapping land in Suva with prime real estate in New Delhi.

Responding to a question from the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola revealed that the 1.6 acres next to the Thurston Gardens that serves a netball court had a value of $1.5 million. He revealed it would be used for the new Indian Government chancery.

In exchange for this, he argued, the Indian Government would be giving Fiji prime real estate, 0.93 acres worth a substantial sum.

The prime piece of land in New Delhi is in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri. The Narendra Modi-led Government has already come under scrutiny from the Indian Opposition and media for the ‘unequal’ land swap between the two Governments.

Social Democratic Liberal Party member Ratu Suliano Matanitobua had asked the initial question and other members of the Opposition have queried the lack of consultation with former traditional landowners of the site, the people of Suvavou Village. However, Ratu Inoke said that the land was now state land and that the land swap offered substantial benefits to Fiji.

 

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