Department of Housing director Kolinio Bola has confirmed they are carrying out eight continuing squatter settlement upgrading programs, five city-wide informal settlement projects and three sustainable housing and income-generation projects.
Mr Bola said 920 families would benefit from the squatter upgrading programs, 500 families from the city wide informal settlement program and 300 from sustainable housing and income-generation projects. He said there were 920 lots for squatter upgrading projects for this year with Omkar having 73 residential lots with an estimated cost of $2.02 million with 14 months contract duration.
He said Caubati Central had the highest residential lots for squatter upgrading projects with 254 lots which had an estimated cost of $3m.
"Fiji can upgrade their settlements around the towns better with the policy change in the national housing policy, the partnership participatory from government, municipal council, private sectors, and NGOs," Mr Bola said.
"Communities can surely improve settlement upgrading much better than the current situation. Dealing with sanitations, according to the Bureau of Statistics Household survey in 2007, 73 per cent of the national population have access to flush toilets and 27 percent have access to other forms of sanitation facilities.