THE Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has strongly voiced its opposition to the hosting of a street party to welcome in the New Year.
Chamber president Doctor Ram Raju said the disruptions caused by the set-up and staging of the annual event resulted in losses to businesses located on Nadi's main street.
He said the chamber was planning to stage a New Year's Eve event but had decided to cancel it because of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan earlier this month.
"We are against any event on the main street due to unfair traffic diversion and unfair disruptions to shopping business," Dr Raju said.
"In the past, business houses objected to traffic diversions which led to chaos and disruptions to business activities. Some are deprived of sales which is unacceptable and morally wrong.
"We were planning such an event at the New Farmers Club on Ashram Rd. We have shelved this since the cyclone struck us badly, dampening our resources and spirit.
"Our planned event on Ashram Rd would have caused no disruption to traffic and no one gets affected as far as business is concerned."
Event organiser Fiji Broadcasting Corporation said the Nadi street party was given the thumbs up by the Nadi Town Council.
"We have been liaising with the council and made the decision to go ahead with the street party to lift the spirits of those affected by the cyclone," said Sanaila Qalobogidua of FBC's events and promotions division.