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Stop work order

Tevita Vuibau
Sunday, January 27, 2013

THE Public Rental Board and China Railway No.1 are currently engaged with an Adjudication Board after disputes between them resulted in a stop work order issued at the PRB Housing Project in Raiwai.

The stop work order was issued by the Suva City Council.

However, when pressed on the issue SCC special administrator Chandu Umaria said he had no comments on the issue.

Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Taina Tagicakibau said a ruling would be made by next month.

"Current status is the two sides are not engaged with the Adjudication Board and the chairman Mr Terrence Erasito of Erasito Consultants assisted by two experts from the parties is expected to make a ruling as soon as possible by the first week of February, 2013," Ms Tagicakibau said.

She said the dispute was "commercial" in nature.

"The dispute is over cost, compliance and standards and the Suva City Council had issued a stop work order this month," Ms Tagicakibau said.

"Subsequent negotiation by the board of Housing Authority as well as the ministry was held but no agreement was reached with the two sides entrenched in their own positions."

Ms Tagicakibau said this resulted in the dispute being referred to an Adjudication Board as per the contract agreement between the parties.


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