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5 Houses Taken Down, More To Follow

“There were some houses which were partially constructed and the land was overgrown with grass. We dismantled these homes and even cut the grass, given the rise in dengue and other diseases.
07 Nov 2020 12:27
5 Houses Taken Down, More To Follow
House dismantled at Waidamudamu Settlement in Nausori. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Houses built at informal settlements in the Suva – Nausori corridor were taken down by the Ministry of Housing last week. More will be taken down this week.

Ministry of Housing Permanent Secretary Sanjeeva Perera said five houses in the Waidamudamu Settlement in Nausori and one house in Caubati had been dismantled.

“Some of the houses were constructed after we had done a survey giving the allocated lot numbers,” Mr Perera said.

“There were some houses which were partially constructed and the land was overgrown with grass. We dismantled these homes and even cut the grass, given the rise in dengue and other diseases.

“The Caubati house was taken down because it was vacant and was being used for illegal activities, including drinking parties.”

Mr Perera said the Ministry of Housing would be continuing the exercise this week.

The Ministry of Housing under its development plan has identified a number of informal settlements which would be developed.

Homes had been identified, which would be given leases once development happens. The Ministry of Housing has found that some people were constructing their homes after surveys had been completed.

Mr Perera said there were some people who thought they would be able to stake a claim to a lease if they constructed homes.

Minister for Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar has highlighted the stress put on municipal council services by the increasing number of informal settlements.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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