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Why Nadi City Declaration Deferred: Bala

  The decleration of Nadi City has been deferred, the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment and Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala confirmed. It has been moved further to
30 Nov 2017 11:00
Why Nadi City Declaration Deferred: Bala
Minister for Local Government, Housing & Environment, Infrastructure & Transport Parveen Bala

 

The decleration of Nadi City has been deferred, the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment and Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala confirmed.

It has been moved further to February next year because infrastructure requirements are yet to be met, Mr Bala said during a press conference yesterday.

The initial declaration was in December.

“We haven’t completed the infrastructure works in terms of footpaths and street lights and decided this.

“The work is progressing well and the actual declaration will be for February next year.”

Mr Bala said the boundary extension and objection period was completed and there were no major obstacles in terms of extending the city boundary.

In terms of staff capacity, Mr Bala said they had been looked into because when the ministry received a report from the municipal council, the Ministry did not only look into the number of staff needed for the council but the entire operation of Nadi Town Council in-terms of resources.

“We asked Government to give an allocation of around $800,000 for Nadi and that’s been given for the first year; the extra budget was to look into staff capacity and equipment and it would also be needed for providing better roads, drains, cutting grass and all.”

Meanwhile, Mr Bala said the Ministry has a Local Government Committee which had been visiting towns and cities around Fiji to recommend if the areas needed to extend their boundaries.

He said it was imperative that infrastructure and other requirements were in place.

“We don’t want to extend town boundaries just to show people that we have this and that but must understand that infrastructure should first be in place before extending a town boundary.”

He said it was unfortunate that when Nasinu was declared a town, there was no proper infrastructure in place.

“Just like Navua and Korovou, we need to have proper infrastructure and then declare them a town, proper infrastructure must be in place.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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