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128 Stalls Available For Suva-Nausori Municipal Council Markets

Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar said 128 stalls were available at the municipal council markets along the Suva-Nausori corridor. Ms Kumar said this after Suva and Lami special administrator
22 Dec 2020 11:07
128 Stalls Available For Suva-Nausori Municipal Council Markets
Despite warnings not to return, vendors continue to sell from Nakasi on December 21, 2020. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar said 128 stalls were available at the municipal council markets along the Suva-Nausori corridor.

Ms Kumar said this after Suva and Lami special administrator Isikeli Tikoduadua made it clear that the illegal market structures taken down before Cyclone Yasa last Thursday will no longer be built back.

The stalls were removed from areas like Mead Road, Raiwaqa, Nakasi and Narere with the assistance of the Police and municipal council officers to protect residents from possible flying debris.

“We want to emphasize that these stalls are illegal,” Ms Kumar said.

“We understand the plight of these people but spaces are available in regular markets for these vendors to operate from.

“I urge the vendors to contact their municipal councils and refrain from illegal activities.”

While vendors in Narere and Nakasi have returned, for Suva City Mr Tikoduadua, said they would not allow the law to be bent.

He said the illegal structures were unsafe, unhygienic and illegal.

“We dismantled the items and took them to our depot in Samabula,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“Many of the vendors from Mead Road showed up to Samabula. We had asked them to come to the head office so we could profile them and offer them places in Suva Market,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“We found that none of them came to us because for some, they were renting the stalls. Secondly, the stalls were built over a storm drain and in some stalls people were living there.”

Mr Tikoduadua said the vendors were urinating behind their stalls.

 

Defiant vendors

The defiant vendors at Nakasi’s Tebara Plaza strip were back. They said they were duped by the Nausori Town Council because they were told to remove the tarpaulins only.

Vendor, Aggie Rameru, said the stalls were removed with Cyclone Yasa as an excuse.

They claimed that it was expensive to take their produce to Nausori.

Some said that selling at Nakasi was more profitable.

Nausori Special administrator Uma Kant Patel said the structures were illegal and everyone has to abide by the law.

 

Nausori juice sellers

Even juice and roti stalls near Nausori market were removed. Asena Weni and Savaira Vueti were given licences and allocated space by the Nausori Town Council.

They returned on Monday to continue with businesses to find their stalls missing.

Mr Patel said the Nausori Town Council did not deny that the vendors were given licence but the nature of their businesses was that they wrap everything by the end of the day.

Feedback:  shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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