‘Vendors To Move Once Mini Market Is Ready’

“It is all about providing the right facility for the vendors and talking to them.
22 Nov 2020 11:31
‘Vendors To Move Once Mini Market Is Ready’
Market vendors along Mead Road in Suva just outside MH Superfresh.

Mead Road market vendors will have to move once a neighbourhood mini market is ready, says the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development.

The road reserve outside the MaxValu Superfresh Supermarket is lined with illegal stalls. The supermarket had to build a wall to keep the vendors off its carpark.

Minister Premila Kumar confirmed that design plans for the Mead Road, Raiwaqa and Flagstaff Market had been approved and construction would start soon.

The vendors at Mead Road have stated that they would not be moved.

“We will be working very closely with the Lands Department as well as the Fiji Roads Authority. We had a similar situation in Labasa with the fish vendors; they did not want to move. They finally moved,” Ms Kumar said.

“It is all about providing the right facility for the vendors and talking to them.

“Currently where they are, it is illegal and unacceptable. It is unsafe for pedestrians, motorists and even the customers who buy from these vendors.”

The vendors on Mead Road claimed that they were given approval by a Cabinet Minister to operate from there.

Suva and Lami special administrator Isikeli Tikoduadua said the vendors were illegal and the council did not approve the stalls.

The design tenders for the mini markets were approved and a deal was signed between the Suva City Council and the architects.

Mr Tikoduadua said the designs for the new  mini markets are of the modern standard and ensure health, safety and hygiene.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce




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