RESIDENTS of a Lautoka squatter settlement which is home to 49 families say they need leases on the land they occupy so they could access proper water and electricity supply.
Because of the non existence of tapped water they have been using pit toilets, said California Lovu seaside headman Manueli Sovau.
Out of the 49 households, he said only three have consistent tap water supply.
He said the families had been living at the settlement, located about a kilometre from the city, for about 30 years.
"We are sharing water from the three households that have tap water," said Mr Sovau.
"Most of the houses do not have electricity.
"This is the reason we would like the government to subdivide the place and issue residential leases to individual families."
But Ministry of Lands permanent secretary Tevita Boseiwaqa said they neeed to determine the status of the land before deciding on the next step.
"Firstly, the government does not support people living in squatter settlements," Mr Boseiwaqa said.
"Like all other squatters around the country, we will be looking at the type of dealings made and also the status of the land.
"We will then make our decision about their future on the land."