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Minister Opens Municipal Market

Minister for Local Government Parveen Bala opened a new municipal market at Cuvu, seven kilometres from Sigatoka, yesterday bringing to fruition a long-awaited facility. He said it was among a
13 Nov 2018 11:49
Minister Opens Municipal Market
Market vendors at Cuvu celebrate the opening of the new market with Minister for Local Government Parveen Bala (with garland). Photo: Deptfo News

Minister for Local Government Parveen Bala opened a new municipal market at Cuvu, seven kilometres from Sigatoka, yesterday bringing to fruition a long-awaited facility.

He said it was among a series of other similar projects across the country to upgrade and provide new facilities for vendors who sell their crops by the roadside.

“During the Prime Minister’s (Voreqe Bainimarama) visit to switch on the street lights at Cuvu, some residents approached him for a shelter to sell their produce. We promised to provide a market and that promise has been delivered,” Minister Bala said.

He thanked the Commissioner of Police for allowing the market to be constructed on the force’s leased land.

Market vendors are all smiles after the unveiling of the plaque for Cuvu Municipal Market by Minister for Local Government Parveen Bala (with garland).  Photo: Deptfo News

Market vendors are all smiles after the unveiling of the plaque for Cuvu Municipal Market by Minister for Local Government Parveen Bala (with garland). Photo: Deptfo News

“This market has been constructed at a cost of $120,000 with proper facilities such as toilets, tables and benches,” Mr Bala said.

“Gone are the days when vendors used to sit on footpaths or roadsides under the rain trees during rain or sun. I also thank the council workers who have been involved in the construction. They’ve done a good job.”

There are about 72 stalls, however more stalls will be added to accommodate vendors who weren’t able to get a stall initially.

The new facilities will greatly benefit the residents of Cuvu and other surrounding areas, who will be able to carry out their marketing nearby.

“A few weeks ago I was at Olosara and I was told that the vendors used to sell their produce and vegetables to vendors in Sigatoka Market on a wholesale basis. But now you have a market and can sell at a retail price and earn extra dollars,” Minister Bala told vendors at the new market.

“This project is also part of efforts to bring services to the people.

“Cuvu is growing into a small town with major developments, and such facilities will help the Cuvu community at large.”

Minister Bala noted that after the construction of subdivisions at Cuvu, works would start on the China Town Subdivision.

Source: DEPTFO News

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