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Foreshore Villages Seek Relocation

­­­­­Many villages situated on the foreshores, drastically affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston now want to relocate. The Deputy Permanent Secretary for the iTaukei Affairs Board, Apakuki Kurusiga, who was part
07 Mar 2016 09:50
Foreshore Villages Seek Relocation
me Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left), bringing clean drinking water to villagers during his visit to Ovalau. Photo: DEPTFO News

­­­­­Many villages situated on the foreshores, drastically affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston now want to relocate.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary for the iTaukei Affairs Board, Apakuki Kurusiga, who was part of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s team in Ovalau last week, said relocation was easy but they needed the consent of the landowners.

He said most of these villages had been surveyed and boundaries had been demarcated and confirmed.

Mr Kurusiga said for the relocation to happen the village elders had to make a traditional approach to the landowners to get their consent.

He said most of the villages wanting relocation had suffered huge damage from the tidal surges.

“They now want to relocate to higher ground which is outside the surveyed village boundary,” he said.

Mr Kurusiga said once they had the consent, they could relocate and a survey would be carried out with the new village boundary demarcated.

He said many of these villages were asked to relocate before but they refused because of they had customary attachment to the site.

Now, he said, they wanted to relocate as it was good for them.

According to Mr Kurusiga they would still be tied up to the old site but it had to be returned to the owners.

Most of the villages, he said, had asked for the clearing of the new site.

Mr Kurusiga said the good thing about this was that people now wanted to relocate.

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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