THE completion and opening of the $30million Damodar City Centre in Raiwai supports government's urban planning outlook.
And according to Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, the investment promoted development outside the main central business district.
Speaking at the official opening of the complex last night, Commodore Bainimarama said the development was a big boost to the Laucala Bay, Raiwai and Raiwaqa areas.
"This lessens traffic flow downtown, spreads the load placed on our water, roads and sewerage utilities, and helps extend commerce to other parts of the city," he said.
"I also see Damodar City as part of a broader sweep of Suva's rejuvenation.
"We all know that over time Suva, one of the great capital cities of the Pacific, was allowed to fall into a sorry state."
Commodore Bainimarama said Damodar City would offer Fijians and visitors a top level shopping and entertainment experience, and I'm sure it's bound to become one of Suva's most popular destinations. Damodar Group of Companies chief executive officer Div Damodar said it was a great moment for the Damodar family and could not have achieved this milestone without the support of the Fijian people.
"We are taking it to another level. This will be the beginning of a different type of development we will start doing in Fiji," he said.
The complex boasts state-of-the-art cinematic entertainment, shopping centres and a variety of restaurants and retail outlets.
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