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Waimalika Residents Raise Concerns on Development

Nadi officials are looking into a development issue which has caused anger and concerns for some Waimalika residents in Nadi. As a result of the downpour this week and in
10 Feb 2017 11:59
Waimalika  Residents Raise  Concerns on Development
Waisea Secake stands near the drainage of the development site. PHOTO:LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

Nadi officials are looking into a development issue which has caused anger and concerns for some Waimalika residents in Nadi.

As a result of the downpour this week and in recent times, soil used for the development has made its way into the compounds of some residents. It has brought with it rubbish and other debris.

It has stirred anger among residents who claim that it could cause health problems, drainage and other issues in the community.

Speaking on behalf of the residents, Manoa Turaganivalu, said: “We had lodged a complaint last year to the contractor and they had come forward to have a discussion with us.

“We told them about the issue that we had during the previous floods where by all their rubbish including soil at the development site had collected in front of the houses.

“They informed us that they were going to put in a new culvert to replace the old one so that the problem does not happen again. Unfortunately, that has not been done until now. We are worried because we have children and also for  the sake our health.”

Fulori Secake, 37, has lived in the area for the past 18 years.

“This place is always flooded but we never had soil collect in front of our house like this,” she said.

“I have children and I have to think of their health. This is unacceptable.

“They have failed to make proper drainage system. We have five families who are staying at the evacuation centre.

“We have faced floods after floods and we have picked up from there but, to face this issue of soil collecting in front of our homes is a burden,” she said.

District officer Nadi Osea Ravukivuki said: “We had visited the area with the Health Inspector and sat down with the community to hear and see what their grievances were.

“The contractors have started to clear the drainage and soil which had collected in front of their homes.”

Mr Ravukivuki added they would be investigating this matter further to deal with it accordingly.

When contacted, developer, Wella Pillay, referred all queries to contractor Vuksich and Borich Project.

Manager Matulic Maladan said: “We are trying our best to fix it but we got caught out because of the heavy rain.”

He said that before the project began, most of the water used to flow into the area of concern.

“Now when we started the project we have diverted 90 per cent of the floodwaters from seeping there, normally the water just find its way there.”



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