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Bala Heralds Good News to Settlement

Residents of Vunivau A and Vunivau B in Labasa were happy after being assured that their settlement would soon be formalised. The assurance from the Minister for Local Government, Urban
05 May 2018 11:03
Bala Heralds Good News to Settlement
Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Praveen Bala at Vunivau in Labasa on Thursday night. during a consultation with the residents in regards to their settlement to be formalised Photo: WATI TALEBULA

Residents of Vunivau A and Vunivau B in Labasa were happy after being assured that their settlement would soon be formalised.

The assurance from the Minister for Local Government, Urban De­velopment, Housing and Environ­ment Parveen Bala lit up the faces of residents who turned up in large numbers.

They also raised issues they had been facing.

Mr Bala also conducted a consul­tation session.

There are about 700 people living in the two areas.

Mr Bala said people needed to cooperate to make Government’s work easier.

“I have come with representatives in different departments so that we will be able to answer all the ques­tions you have for us. We are here to serve you so feel free to raise is­sues,” Mr Bala said.

“We have paid the premium on be­half of the tenants to the landown­ers. We are looking to subdivide these two areas and the lease will be for 99 years.

“Surveyors will be here to look at Vunivau A and Vunivau B.”

Mr Bala added “I will be in the North to visit other areas. For the subdivision to start as soon as pos­sible. So the residents will need to work together”.

An overjoyed resident, Subhash Chand said he would now return home a happy man.

“All my questions were answered by Mr Bala and I am grateful that he was able to come to us and clari­fy everything,” Mr Chand said.

“I am glad that once our area is subdivided we will be able to have lease of 99 years.

“I thank the Government for thinking of us and Mr Bala for tak­ing his time out to visit us and to assure us.”

Another resident,Tara Wati said she was thankful to have attended the consultation session.

“No one works in my family. My husband goes around collecting bottles. We survive with the help of the social welfare money my husband receives,” the 66-year-old said. “It is a big help that the Gov­ernment has paid the premium on our behalf.

“This is the first time a minister has come and it feels good that peo­ple of high position actually com­ing and hearing all our concerns.”

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj



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