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Casino works begin

Jone Kalouniviti
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

ONE Hundred Sands Ltd chairman Larry Claunch says the construction of the casino is in full swing.

This after geotech tests conducted by Riley Consultants of New Zealand gave the all clear.

He also confirmed they paid in excess of $800,000 in fines for delaying the implementation of the project.

"But we are up and running now, no more delays. We wanted to let everyone know that we have the results from tests conducted giving us assurance that it is finally safe now to begin," said Mr Claunch.

He said there was a delay in the construction because they had to await the results of the 50 metre boreholes geotech tests.

"A casino is 50 times heavier than a normal building which meant a lot of testing had to be done underground first.

"All this we intend to complete within the next 18 to 24 months depending on the availability of pre-load for landfill and the base structure of the whole facility."

Civil contractor Riyaz Ali of AATS said they were bringing in 1800cubic metres of pre-load per day with the 15 trucks on site.

The whole site, which covers an area of 17 acres, will extend into the foreshore where a marina will also be built to accommodate boat owners.

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