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Suva’s Ratu Sukuna Park To Have Mobile Charging

What will be maintained are the trees, which Ms Kumar said ‘are pieces of history, they should not be touched’.
11 Nov 2020 10:59
Suva’s Ratu Sukuna Park To Have Mobile Charging
Ratu Sukuna Park, Suva, on November 10, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Electronic charging docks for mobile devices will be one of the features at Ratu Sukuna Park after its $1.5 million redevelopment is completed.

This was revealed by Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar when she launched the project yesterday.

What will be maintained are the trees, which Ms Kumar said ‘are pieces of history, they should not be touched’.

“I’ve been assured the Suva City Council has employed a professional arborist – essentially a tree doctor — to ensure that the heritage of this park, which rests in its historic trees, is preserved,” she said.

Suva, she said, was not just where people lived and worked but the beating heart of the nation.

A city must serve the people who make up the city, she said.

“A city grows, it shifts, it adapts to economic forces that shape retailing, land use and transportation.,” she said.

“And most importantly, that is why we have instituted the Suva Cities Urban Regeneration programme, to create a city of the future—a city where people can work and enjoy life in comfort.”

She said Ratu Sukuna Park had been a fixture of Suva for generations.

From left: Suva City Council Special Administrators Vimal Kumar and Kerry Mara, Minister for Local Government and Housing Premila Kumar and Special Administartor Chairman Isikeli Tikoduadua following the unveiling of the Ratu Sukuna Park re-development plan on November 10, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

From left: Suva City Council Special Administrators Vimal Kumar and Kerry Mara, Minister for Local Government and Housing Premila Kumar and Special Administartor
Chairman Isikeli Tikoduadua following the unveiling of the Ratu Sukuna Park re-development plan on November 10, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

“It is perfectly located between Suva City Harbour, Victoria Parade and the Suva Civic Auditorium. And we all have loved the majestic raintrees and flame trees that give it a special identity and provide welcome shade and shelter,” she said.

Suva and Lami special administrator chair Isikeli Tikoduadua said there was a need to keep up to date with the digital transformation.

The timeline for the development is eight months.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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