Landslide near flea market raises concerns
The Fiji Roads Authority is still determining whether a piece of land which has raised safety is part of their road reserve. The debris was left behind near the Suva Flea market from a landslide a month ago. “FRA has been made aware of the situation and our team is working to determine if the piece of land is part of our road reserve,” said Fiji Roads Authority chief executive John Hutchinson. The removal of the debris will cost $15,000, according to the Flea Market owners, Kelton Investment Limited.
“It’s not our land so we can’t do anything about it and the cost of removing the debris is about $15, 000,” said Director of Kelton Investment Tony Ah Koy. Mr Ah Koy said a complaint was lodged to the Suva City Council after the landslide but the city officials claimed it was the FRA’s responsibility. “We have contacted Suva City Council and a few weeks ago, three inspectors from the council came to see the debris and they said it’s the Fiji Roads Authority’s responsibility,” said Ah Koy said. Mr Ah Koy said it was either the SCC or the FRA’s responsibility to clear the debris. The 115 stall owners were relocated to the new site earlier this year at the back of the current site and the issue was highlighted by a concerned member of the public through social media. Edited by Rusiate Mataika
The debris that is of safety concern at the new Flea Market in Suva.
The debris that is of safety concern at the new Flea Market in Suva. Photos: Mere Satakala