Min­is­ter backs plan for com­mu­nity Po­lice post

Fiji Sun - - Nation - CHARLES CHAM­BERS Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: charles.cham­bers@fi­jisun.com.fj

The con­struc­tion of a com­mu­nity Po­lice post at a dense res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion in Kash­mir, Lau­toka by a busi­ness­man has been wel­come by the Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing, En­vi­ron­ment, In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Parveen Bala. The site which was in­spected last week by the Com­mis­sioner

of Po­lice Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho is close to where a ma­jor car­jack­ing in­ci­dent re­cently took place. Seven out of the eight men in­volved in the in­ci­dent have been caught and have ap­peared in court. “I had a dis­cus­sion with the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice about the pro­posed site,” Mr Bala said. He said he has asked Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho to for­mally write to him with the re­quest for the

land to be given for a com­mu­nity Po­lice post.

“I will present this to the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity board for their con­sid­er­a­tion. “But as far I am con­cerned, if this is a com­mu­nity pro­ject, then why not? And I don’t see any prob­lems with this.” Mr Bala said he ac­knowl­edged the con­tri­bu­tion be­ing put in by Kash­mir busi­ness­man San­jay Lal, who will fi­nance the build­ing of the Po­lice post. Mr Lal had also promised Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho he would pay the monthly water and elec­tric­ity bills for the post. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho had said they would be ap­proach­ing the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity to con­sider giv­ing com­mu­nity land at densely pop­u­lated ar­eas for the con­struc­tion of Po­lice posts.

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