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Don’t Block Loading Zones, Kumar Tells Vendors

Market vendors in Labasa blocking the marked load­ing and offloading zones have been told to use the vacant space made available to them at the other end of the market.
15 Jan 2019 11:10
Don’t Block Loading Zones, Kumar Tells Vendors
The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar, (front, standing second from left) meeting market vendors in Labasa on January 10, 2019. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Market vendors in Labasa blocking the marked load­ing and offloading zones have been told to use the vacant space made available to them at the other end of the market.

The Minister for Local Govern­ment, Premila Kumar, in wrapping up her visit in the Northern Divi­sion, told Fiji Sun she saw first-hand how such actions by the Labasa Mar­ket vendors had compromised their own safety and those using the road.

Currently, this marked zone is be­ing blocked by vendors selling along the footpath, which has become more of an obstruction.

In raising her concerns, Ms Ku­mar said: “While we have a vacant market at the back from Monday to Thursday these vendors can occupy that space instead of blocking the loading and offloading zone, plus the street.

“There are certain rules to be fol­lowed otherwise anyone can put their structure and start selling.

“This visit was more of a familiari­sation one and during this time we were able to meet various stakehold­ers, including the market vendors. I was able to have discussion with them and hear their grievousness.

“And also make them understand that the council will provide loading and off-loading zones.”

The minister also made a courtesy call at the Savusavu Town Council office and met ratepayers and the business community.

“I simply wanted to see how they see Savusavu, how they want to see it in next 10 years, hear some of the concerns they had about Savusavu and how we can collectively improve service delivery of Savusavu Town Council,” she said.

“I had informed them about the ease of business and some of re­forms in the ministry of local Gov­ernment and why it is needed. It was more about information sharing in Savusavu.”

During the meeting she heard from faithful ratepayers how disap­pointed they were about non-paying ratepayers. There was also a request made for quality water and a proper garbage dump site.

“The good news is the Department of Environment, together with the Ministry of Local Government, are looking at different sites and they ac­tually have identified one,” the min­ister said.

“Now it’s just the question of ne­gotiation with landowners and car­rying out the rest of the work after this.”

Meanwhile, both municipalities, she confirmed, were spared by Tropi­cal Cyclone Mona. Ms Kumar is also the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Housing and Community Development. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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