Land­slide near flea mar­ket raises con­cerns

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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

Pho­tos: Mere Satakala

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

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