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Review payment plan

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

AS the Ba Town Council embarks on an ambitious project to provide housing lots for 180 squatters at Clopcott settlement, Ba, some expressed disappointment at the repayment conditions.

They said the seven-year repayment plan was not practical for squatters with low incomes.

Clopcott Valele Vutuni squatter settlement resident committee official Mukesh Chand said about 100 people met on Monday to express disappointment about the conditions offered by the council with regards to the building of residential lots in the Valele, Vutuni area.

"Most of us are living below the poverty line and cannot afford to pay for the land that the council is offering," said Mr Chand.

Ba special administrator Arun Prasad said the council would meet individual households to discuss the payment conditions.

"We are mindful of the fact that many of them come from different financial backgrounds which is why we will sit down with each one and discuss the payment conditions of the lots," said Mr Prasad.

"Right now we are still at the discussions stage." Mr Prasad said the council would meet next week to sign a memorandum of understanding with the housing director and two non-profit organisations that would fund the project. The MOU will ensure the council receives $280,000 for the project.