AFTER years of discussion and planning, work on the multi-million dollar municipal infrastructure at Nausori Town finally broke ground yesterday.
Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua officiated at the ground breaking ceremony of the $9million.
Government will allocate $1.5m for the project over the next two years while $6m has been borrowed from the private sector and the Nausori Town Council.
Speaking during the ceremony, Colonel Saumatua said government made the project a reality after the inception of the 1989 Nausori Town Scheme Plan.
"The project intends to build on government's proud record for service delivery to the Fijian people particularly to those in the provinces of Tailevu, Rewa and Naitasiri," he said.
The development, located at the old golf course, is scheduled for completion in January 2014, will enable the people of Nausori, Tailevu, Rewa and Naitasiri to trade and exchange goods.
"Farmers markets anywhere are a popular institution. They are places where people meet, talk, exchange views and live out their daily lives," Colonel Saumatua said.
Meanwhile, Nausori Town Council chief executive officer Azam Khan said Nausori was the fourth most populated municipality in the country with more than 27,000 people.