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Proposed Port Location Cancelled

The proposed plan for the construction of an international seaport at Middle Point in Naduri, Macuata, has been cancelled. The decision comes after it was discovered the area was leased
19 Aug 2015 10:23
Proposed Port Location Cancelled
From left- Summet Tappoo, Dr. Krupali Tappoo with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during Sai Sanjeevani medical centre 4th year anniversary on September 19, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The proposed plan for the construction of an international seaport at Middle Point in Naduri, Macuata, has been cancelled.

The decision comes after it was discovered the area was leased out to a communication company.

Divisional planning officer northern Alipate Bolalevu said although the area at Middle Point was leased out, the Fiji Roads Authority would carry out preliminary work, including surveying for both sites.

Mr Bolalevu said having an international port was Government’s development plan for the island.

At the recent Northern Development Board meeting, he  said a budget was discussed for the construction of an international port at either Balaga in Savusavu or Middle Point in Macuata.

Labasa Chamber of Commerce president, Satish Kumar, said the absence of an international port in the Northern Division has incurred high costs for the business community.

He said they had to pay about $6500 for a container (44 high cube) and $2500 for the smaller containers (22 high cube) in past years.

“And this is the amount we spend from Suva to Labasa only not including the cost from other ports in China,” Mr Kumar said.

“We want to sell the best to our people in the North so we bring the products in from China.

“But if we have an international port in the North, it will make life very easy for us.”

Mr Kumar said they were faced with the same challenge when sending things overseas.

“That is why we keep bringing this issue up with Government to build a port in the North so we can directly export from Labasa to overseas countries.”

Labasa/Savusavu special administrator Vijay Chand said the port at middle Point really meant so much to many business houses in Labasa.

“Exporting and importing of their goods would have been made easy if the port would have been a success,” Mr Chand said.

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