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Illegal Vendors To Be Removed As Laqere Market Opens

“We have found that in some cases, people have built such stalls and rented them out. To ensure this practice seizes, as well as for health and safety reasons, we will be demolishing the illegal markets.”
11 May 2020 13:10
Illegal Vendors To Be Removed As Laqere Market Opens
The new Laqere Market on Sunday, May 10, 2020. It will be officially opened on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Illegal markets in Nasinu will be taken down by the municipal council once the Laqere Market opens its doors this Wednesday.

Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar said vendors who had been selling on the roadside, especially those with illegal structures, had been allocated stalls at the Laqere Market.

“The roadside structures will be taken down. They are illegal, unsafe and unhygienic. And we have ensured that all such operators in the Nasinu area and even some in Nausori have been given a stall,” Ms Kumar said.

“We have found that in some cases, people have built such stalls and rented them out. To ensure this practice seizes, as well as for health and safety reasons, we will be demolishing the illegal markets.”

The illegal markets in the Suva-Nausori corridor are not only an eyesore, but some of the structures are being used by people to sleep in.

Ms Kumar said the ministry was aware of the practice.

The market is one of the biggest market projects undertaken costing around $7 million. It will have 400 stall spaces, a fish market, own parking and disability friendly.

In a survey, the Ministry of Local Government found that there were 250 illegal market vendors in Nasinu and Nausori.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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