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30K bill for city clean-up after Evan

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, January 07, 2013

THE Lautoka City Council (LCC) has spent about $30,000 in its clean-up of the Sugar City after Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Lautoka special administrator Praveen Bala said the cost of the clean-up in the central business district and other parts of Lautoka were not as much as they had expected.

"The bill could have been more but because we had a lot of assistance we were able to stay within our budget which was $100,000 for cyclone response," said Mr Bala.

Mr Bala said the council had started cleanup works in residential areas.

"All of our operations in the central business district are back to normal," he said.

"All of our businesses are up and running and so now the focus has shifted to residential areas."

"The only things that we are still doing for the town area are the fixing of roofs and ceilings in some of the buildings.

"One of the main ones is the Sugar City Mall."

The LCC is being assisted in the cleanup opeartions by the Lautoka Corrections Centre inmates.

Meanwhile, the Lautoka City fish market opened for business earlier this week following the reopening of the ice plant by the Ministry of Fisheries.

The ice plant at the Queens Wharf was closed for the past few weeks because of the lack of power supply.

At a heads of department meeting in Lautoka on Thursday, the Ministry of Fisheries confirmed the ice plant was operational following the restoration of electricity at the port.

The Fiji Electricity Authority said power restoration in the Western Division would be slow. Some centres in the west have been without electricity since TC Evan.


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