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Premila Kumar Confirms Wakanisila Residents To Receive Their 99-Year Leases Soon

Speaking at a talanoa session at the settlement on Tuesday night, Ms Kumar said while works were in place, procedures and processes were applied too.
23 Jul 2020 09:08
Premila Kumar Confirms Wakanisila Residents To Receive Their 99-Year Leases Soon
Minister for Housing Premila Kumar at the Wakanisila Settlement in Kalabu on July 21, 2020.

It won’t be long before residents of Wakanisila receive their 99-year lease titles on the land they live on. This was confirmed by Minister for Housing and Local Government Premila Kumar.

Speaking at a talanoa session at the settlement on Tuesday night, Ms Kumar said while works were in place, procedures and processes were applied too.

Luveniyali Consultants have been hired to undertake the development of Wakanisila. A scheme approved by the Country and Town Planning is also in place.

The next step, she said, was to undertake an Environment Impact Assessment Report (EIA) report.

“We are grateful that there was a bond which was waived,” she said.

“We would’ve been short of money to begin the construction works,”

Ms Kumar also highlighted that the consultants have also undertaken an Engineering Plan which is expected to be revealed next week.

“The Engineering Plan is important because it will decide exactly where the road will be, where the footpath will be, its drainage system, streetlights and where to lay the sewer pipes in,” she said.

“All this is important because at the end of the development, what we prefer is handing over the road works to the Fiji Roads Authority, sewer connections to the Water Authority of Fiji and so forth.

“This is how close we are to achieving this project.”

The Ministry of Housing has allocated an estimate of $4.5 million to this project.

Other matters discussed include Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete confirming that services offered at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital was now available at the Makoi Health Centre.

The Makoi Health Centre, which opens till 10pm, is expected to move its opening hours to 12am soon. He added that from next year or 2022 will be expected to open on a 24-hour basis.

The Director for Social Welfare Rupeni Fatiaki also clarified that the reason why the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation was switching banks from Westpac Fiji to BSP was that Westpac had pulled out from its contract.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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