Residents express land lease concerns to PM

RESIDENTS in Olosara settlement, Sigatoka, have been waiting since 2014 for new land leases from the iTaukei Land Trust Board.

While expressing their concerns to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Sigatoka yesterday, a resident said he had visited the TLTB office in Sigatoka on numerous occasions and was informed each time that his application was still being processed.

“They keep telling me that my application is being processedand nothing about any approval,” the resident told the PM.

“I have been going to them since 2014 and every time they tell me my application is still being processed.”

When queried by Mr Bainimarama, a TLTB official said the settlement was part of the informal settlement formalisation program by TLTB.

“There’s two informal settlements that we are looking at this year and one of them is Olosara where there are about 55 households,” the TLTB official said.

“But one of the problems we are facing with Olosara is that the lots are too small and the settlement is on reserved native land.

“Once we address these issues, we will be able to issue their land leases.”

TLTB general manager Tevita Kuruvakadua said one of the requirements for the formalisation process was that each new lot had to be 600 square metres.

“This will allow municipal councils under the Local Government and other relevant authorities to move in and carry out development works like installation of water meters, FEA powerlines and proper drainage,” he said.

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