Lessees raise concerns on ‘high’ surveyor costs

Divisional Lands Officer North Joseva Vuniamatana stresses a point during the consultation on Tuesday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

Divisional Lands Officer North Joseva Vuniamatana stresses a point during the consultation on Tuesday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

LESSEES at Wailevu Tiri in Labasa have raised their concern on the exorbitant costs of private surveyors.

A tenant, Akash Chand, said during the Ministry of Lands consultation in the area on Tuesday that charges by private surveyors were outrageous.

Mr Chand told the Divisional Lands Officer northern Joseva Vuniamatana that while requesting for a map of his lease and a two page letter as part of a query he was working on, he was informed by a private surveyor that it would cost him $600.

“Upon enquiry with two other private surveyors we were informed that the whole thing would cost $900 and another $1500,” he said.

“This is unbelievable because it is a big rip-off for us tenants.

“Something needs to be done to regulate the cost of survey because it is unbelievable.”

Responding to these concerns Mr Vuniamatana said that the surveyors’ charges were gazetted.

Mr Vuniamatana said since it was a gazetted piece of paper members of the public could access.

“The private surveyors are in a position to inform us of their costs.” he said.

“However we could attend to your surveying needs but we have a lot of cases to attend to with very minimal manpower.”

Mr Chand had also requested the department to increase their manpower so they could meet the demand of lessees in the North.

“The demands are increasing every day and it is only appropriate that the number of officers be increased to meet the demand,” he said.