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3 Illegal Stalls Remain In Davuilevu After Being Fenced Out

This is after RB Patel Supermarket fenced their boundary rightfully in December last year. Similar step was taken by Max Val-U Supermarket in Tamavua. In both these cases, the supermarkets were protecting their interest.
12 Mar 2020 14:10
3 Illegal Stalls Remain In Davuilevu After Being Fenced Out
Market vendors at Davuilevu Road in Nakasi. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Only three of the 15 vendors who had built illegal structures along Davuilevu Road near RB Patel Southpoint remain.

Structures, which look like something from a shanty town, still stand.

This is after RB Patel Supermarket fenced their boundary rightfully in December last year. Similar step was taken by Max Val-U Supermarket in Tamavua. In both these cases, the supermarkets were protecting their interest.

But unlike Tamavua, most of these vendors had built their illegal stalls facing the carpark, which is now inaccessible.

10 years of business

Filipe Tikomaibau has had his stall for the last 10 years.

He said they knew that they had built on the road reserve, but they did so to earn a living for the family.

“The rest of the stalls are empty. There was no way for the guys to sell. The stalls are too close to the road,” Mr Tikomaibau said.

“For people to come around from the road would be dangerous.”

Less income

Another vendor, Lavenia Taleinikoro, said she used to make almost $400 a day, but now she made around $100 a day.

“We still are able to sell over the fence. But people are not coming to us. The fence has affected our sales. I am just hoping that the construction of the new Nakasi Market starts soon and when it is ready, we are the first ones given a chance to occupy the stalls.”

One Nakasi resident is concerned that the abandoned stalls, have now become a place for drinking parties and drug users.

Mohammed Zuber said people feared walking in the area at night.

“We don’t know who are there. Sometimes there are people drinking alcohol and sometimes we can smell marijuana. It is unsafe,” Mr Zuber said.

Council response

Nausori Town Council acting chief executive Lydia Lazel-Racule said some vendors had relocated to Nausori.

She said they hoped the remaining vendors would follow so that they would demolish the stalls.

She added the vendors also hampered development because the Fiji Roads Authority had plans to rebuild footpath.

Ms Lazel-Racule said the illegal vendors created a health hazard because of the volume of rubbish they create daily, most of which was not disposed off properly.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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