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Strategic Planning Vital As Housing Authority Prepares For New North Airport

Housing Authority (HA) of Fiji chief executive officer Punit Sethi has given instructions to his officers to start planning development activities for Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu. This is in preparation for
24 Aug 2017 08:59
Strategic Planning Vital As Housing  Authority Prepares For New North Airport
Housing Authority of Fiji chief executive officer Punit Sethi, Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea and Housing Authority Northern team leader Viliame Tamanikaitani at Macuata House in Labasa. Photo: Shratika Singh.

Housing Authority (HA) of Fiji chief executive officer Punit Sethi has given instructions to his officers to start planning development activities for Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu.

This is in preparation for the planned international airport that could be built near Seaqaqa.

This is Mr Sethi’s first visit to Labasa.

“I have informed my officers to start acquiring land and coordinate planning.

“We should be doing strategic thinking – meaning anticipating in advance, and then real things will happen. The impact of our project for the upcoming airport will create lot of industrial and commercial activities.

“It will become a commercial hub,” Mr Sethi said.

He gave examples of countries like Dubai and Singapore, where areas near the international airports get developed faster.

“So it would be good for people to have us anticipating the right purpose.”

Mr Sethi said they are slowly changing the working style at the Housing Authority.

“Earlier we were selling lots at affordable cost.

“Now we are going to construct houses also for Fijians.

“We have also done multi storey buildings in Suva and we have planned the same thing for the Northern Division.”

Fijians would get the complete package, land and construction, Mr Sethi said.

“This will be more beneficial for the people – so they don’t have to look for alternative ways to look for construction.

This is our vision and we have started.”

Mr Sethi visited the Covata sub-division area in Labasa where the Housing Authority plans to start building later in the year.

“My team will put up this plan in their office and those who are interested can visit them.
“We have plans for Nabouwalu, Savusavu and Taveuni,” he said.

Mr Sethi is expected to be making more visits to the Northern Division as more developments are taking place.

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj



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