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Hope for settlers

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, January 25, 2013

PEOPLE living at informal settlements in Lautoka could be relocated to a new piece of land.

This was confirmed by Local Government Minister, Colonel Samuela Saumatua while touring projects earmarked to begin this year in the Sugar City.

After discussions with Lautoka City Council officials, Col. Saumatua said the relocation of informal dwellers was a key issue to be addressed by government this year.

"For Lautoka, we were looking at the Taiperia area (Vunato settlement) because we intend to use that land for industrial purposes," said Col. Saumatua.

"Right now, we are looking for areas where they can be moved to and the most likely area where they will be moved to is Drasa.

"LCC will be responsible for this project and they will work closely with the Commissioner Western's office, Pacific Community Network and City Wide on this work."

Col. Saumatua said $36,426 has been allocated and given to fund the project.

He said a report of what needed to be done would be compiled by the council before the planned relocation.

"The money was taken out of our Asian Coalition for Housing Rights and the Awsian Community Coalition Action (ACCA) fund. This is a fund set up by the Indonesian Government to assist us with housing projects," he said

LCC special administrator Pravin Bala said the report would be compiled after a survey all informal settlements in Lautoka.