STOP OR­DER IS­SUED TO THREE OF SUVA’S HIGH-RISE

Fiji Sun - - COMMENT - Atama Ta­manilo Deputy Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor Dig­i­tal atama@fi­jisun.com.fj

Ro­hitesh Naidu These things should be done at the dock when the goods ar­rive in the coun­try. Wait­ing for half the build­ing to be done then hav­ing the in­vestor to pay a heavy fine will even­tu­ally kill the for­eign in­vest­ment in the coun­try. Vinod Ku­mar Very sad in­deed for this hap­pen­ing, for all the three projects, so late into the con­struc­tion pe­ri­ods; it seems the var­i­ous en­gi­neers on the projects are not do­ing their work prop­erly, it seems they do not know or have a clue or even un­der­stand, or are tak­ing too lightly, the ba­sic re­quire­ments in the cur­rent Na­tional Build­ing Code of Fiji. The cur­rent NBC (there are re­vi­sions com­ing) spec­i­fies very clearly the Fire Re­sis­tance, Fire Egress and Fire Fight­ing Pro­tec­tion re­quire­ments for such struc­tures. Where is FIE? What is it do­ing? We are led to be­lieve that SCC would not ac­cept any build­ing per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion un­less signed off by a FIE Mem­ber, im­ply­ing a sign off by a FIE Mem­ber en­sures at the least a min­i­mum com­pli­ance with NBC! Where is CIC? For Fiji com­par­a­tively these are large high struc­tures and we can­not af­ford mishaps un­der se­ri­ous fires, if any where to oc­cur! Our NFA is not geared to fight high level fires. Claude Fong Toy This is hi­lar­i­ous .... Suva City Coun­cil you must take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for this. 3 years ago I raised my con­cerns while liv­ing next to this build­ing and you turned a deaf ear. Now I am go­ing to watch with an­tic­i­pa­tion as to how you deal with this is­sue. On an­other note, I don’t think the coun­cil’s ef­fort is go­ing to change any­thing. There are higher pow­ers at work here; I have a feel­ing the SCC is just a very very very small player in this. Watch­ing with an­tic­i­pa­tion Ra­jveer Dhan Soo the coun­cil woke up now when 60% of the con­struc­tion has been done? Arre wah Moses Bakan­iceva Was the engi­neer sup­pose to check the struc­ture In stages?It is al­most to the roof and now halted. Oilei o keda. Nir­mal Singh Go­ing for­ward Coun­cil needs to have build­ing height re­stric­tions in dif­fer­ent parts of the city. Faiyaz Khan Very much con­fused i mean the WG plaza has reached more than 25 sto­ries or may be near com­ple­tion struc­ture wise and SCC re­alises this now.

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