Fiji Time: 10:10 PM on Thursday 30 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Risk issues

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, February 08, 2014

CONCERNS have been raised by the Housing Authority and the National Fire Authority regarding the structure of houses in informal settlements.

The issue emerged this week following an early morning fire at Cunningham which destroyed two houses and left about 10 families homeless.

Housing Authority CEO Alipate Naiorosui said the situation was a great risk which must be monitored, however, he added it was outside the authority's scope.

"New houses under the Housing Authority are carried out with the Town and Country Planning Act," he said.

"There is a is a standard that needs to be followed such as the size of blocks, the distance from nearby houses and the other relevant details."

Mr Naiorosui said with formal settlements, there were laws to be followed.

"When clients or customers build their houses, the building has to go to the respective authorities for approval and there are building lines that are to be followed."

NFA chief executive John O'Connor said firefighters tried their best to prevent the fire from spreading to other houses.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61430.5953
JPY 59.305956.3059
GBP 0.30350.2955
EUR 0.43150.4195
NZD 0.71760.6846
AUD 0.65300.6280
USD 0.47620.4592

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Sex trafficking source
  2. Japan in the way
  3. SODELPA lashes out against land statement
  4. Claims not true
  5. BAUXITE: Demand drops, 70,000 tonnes stockpile
  6. Fiji beat Japan to secure a spot in final
  7. PM expresses sorrow at Natapei's death
  8. Medical training
  9. CORRECTION
  10. Unit books 210 people

Top Stories this Week

  1. Deaths haunt 15-year-old Monday (27 Jul)
  2. Nakasi rape suspect in court Sunday (26 Jul)
  3. Dad dies, kids worry Tuesday (28 Jul)
  4. Three dead Sunday (26 Jul)
  5. Distraught mum recalls promise Tuesday (28 Jul)
  6. Where's the money Friday (24 Jul)
  7. Truck sinks into town road Monday (27 Jul)
  8. Flying Fijians spoil Samoan celebrations Monday (27 Jul)
  9. Final goodbye Wednesday (29 Jul)
  10. Sex trafficking source Thursday (30 Jul)