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Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A DECISION to stop big vehicles from entering the Duavata Northern Crime Prevention carnival at Subrail Park in Labasa has not gone down well with stall owners.

Some owners had to carry heavy goods about five to 10 metres to their stalls.

They expressed disappointment at the decision made by the Labasa Town Council early this week.

Owner Waisea Makulaci yesterday said it was really disappointing to be stopped by council officials at the park entrance.

"Nobody told us that we were not allowed to offload our cargo in front of our stalls and now we have to be stopped and told to carry our heavy items," he said.

"This is insane and intolerable. What if someone accidently hurt him or herself and who's going to be liable. It's not even raining and the ground conditions are good.

"Now we have to look for people to carry our cargoes to our respective stalls."

Shah's Amusement officials shared similar sentiments, saying they have yet to offload their cargoes.

According to the officials, they hired a lorry from Suva early this week but as of yesterday, it was still parked loaded with their items on the roadside.

The officials added they have been informed to carry the Ferris wheels and other amusement ride materials into the ground.

Carnival chairman Satish Kumar said he was frustrated about the council's decision.

"I approached the town special administrator Vijay Chand early this week but he told me that the vehicles won't be allowed inside," he said.

"I told him that it would be difficult for the owners to carry their cargoes to the stalls because they were heavy. I don't understand why he can't allow the vehicles in even though I told him that we will pay for any damage caused on the grounds.

"The carnival is a good cause as it not only promotes the message of crime prevention but an opportunity for people to earn income for their families. It's also beneficial for the northern economy."

Phone calls made to Mr Chand on Thursday and Friday remained unanswered.

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