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Land Leased

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has allayed the fears of Suvavou residents. He said land allocated for the Indian Government to build a chancery near Thurston Gardens
04 Dec 2014 10:50
Land Leased
Opposition parliamentarian Semesa Karavaki (left), and Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola in Parliament yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has allayed the fears of Suvavou residents.

He said land allocated for the Indian Government to build a chancery near Thurston Gardens would be leased.

“The lease is for 99 years, just like the deal we have for the land in New Delhi, “ he said. He was responding to concerns raised by the Leader of the Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa yesterday alleging a lack of consultation with former landowners and the historical value of the site.

The ‘land swap’ as it has been termed by media has caused furore in some quarters in India.

The is because the value of the land for the new Fijian chancery in New Delhi is $107 million (.93 acres) compared to $1.5 million (1,6 acres) for the land in Suva.

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