THE Suva City Council is planning to construct a two level bus station and an all inclusive market place that will cost about $60million.
In an interview yesterday, Suva special administrator Chandu Umaria confirmed they had been given the principal approval from government for the project.
Mr Umaria said the two level bus station would be constructed at the current location while the current market would be renovated to make it an all inclusive one.
"One level of the bus station will have provision for buses travelling within the Suva-Nausori corridor while another level will solely be used by buses travelling to other urban centres in the country," Mr Umaria said.
He said the bus station would also have provisions for taxis, mini vans and carriers.
Mr Umaria said the market would have 60 shops including banks, retail stores, internet cafes, restaurants and pharmacies.
"The market will also have accommodation for vendors who will come to sell their produce from outside Suva."
Mr Umaria said the market and the new bus station would be like a city within a city.
"We will hold consultations with the Fiji Roads Authority, FBOA, market vendors, other government agencies and ratepayers before planning further."
He said with the construction of the market, the council would be able to accommodate more vendors and even those who sold illegally along roadsides.
"The market will also have a car park with a 300 car capacity."
He said the proposed construction of the market and bus station would provide people the opportunity to shop for every thing at one place.
"This will also provide tourists coming into Suva on board cruise liners easy access to shopping."
He said while no time frame had been given on the construction date, the council would run a national competition for the design and architecture of the planned bus station and market.