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Housing Authority Targets $15m For New Subdivisions Every Quarter

Housing Authority of Fiji intends to spend $15 million every quarter for the development of new subdivisions. Acting board chairman, Ashok Balgovind, said: “We intend to spend money to ensure
23 Jul 2015 12:19
Housing Authority Targets $15m For New Subdivisions Every Quarter
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Housing Authority of Fiji intends to spend $15 million every quarter for the development of new subdivisions.

Acting board chairman, Ashok Balgovind, said: “We intend to spend money to ensure that we provide more affordable housing and land to Fijians.”

He made these comments during the signing of a contract between Housing Authority and the contractor awarded the tender to develop Matavolivoli Stage 2 Subdivision in Nadi.

The $8.5 million contract has been awarded to Rajeshwar Nand of Nand’s Civil Contracting Limited. The company will be responsible for developing a total of 420 new lots at Matavolivoli Stage 2.

The first 250 lots are expected to be ready by the end of this year and the balance of 170 lots to be ready in 2016.

Mr Balgovind stressed: “Housing Authority has to be the right agency to create affordable housing to our people. We have to move on.

“We have to create houses – houses that are affordable and we are targeting to have new projects every quarter. The demand is there.

“There is no doubt about that. Government has set the direction and Housing Authority is committed to ensure that we deliver.”

Housing Authority chief executive, Joshua Wycliffe, said the contract signing was a significant event.

He said this illustrated the Authority’s commitment to realising its Vision of ‘Helping Fijians Own Affordable Homes.’

“Fijians need affordable houses and land. The Housing Authority is here to help house families and create communities rather than encourage living in informal settlements,” Mr Wycliffe said.

“We are here to create houses and we are here to move forward.”

 

Efforts to reduce cost

Meanwhile, Mr Wycliffe has already previously highlighted his vision – creating affordable housing solutions for the needy segment.

He agrees a key challenge, not contained to Fiji alone but what is a global challenge, is to provide affordable housing infrastructure in the backdrop of rising construction costs.

But combining his 25 years of engineering and management background, he hopes to have a solution for Fiji. To tackle the soaring cost of building houses, Mr Wycliffe is hoping to bring in some modern technology.

He hopes these will not only reduce the building cost, but also the time taken for construction, without compromising standards.

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