Kean: Why De­mol­ish Korovou Prison Block

‘De­mo­li­tion works cost $732,234.11’

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MAIKA BOLATIKI Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: [email protected]­jisun.com.fj

The Fiji Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice (FCS) Com­mis­sioner Fran­cis Kean said they had con­ducted a lengthy con­sul­ta­tion process in light of the de­mo­li­tion of the old Korovou Prison block.

Fol­low­ing this, be­cause of the re­quire­ments of the Oc­cu­pa­tional, Health and Safety (OHS) Act the de­ci­sion was made, he said. Com­mis­sioner Kean said that the block which com­prised the Main Cell Block, Await­ing Trial Block and Seg­re­ga­tion Block at the Suva CC, which was con­structed in 1912 had been va­cant since 1998.

A wide and lengthy con­sul­ta­tion process was con­ducted between FCS, Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, World Her­itage Foun­da­tion, Suva City Coun­cil, FCS Project En­gi­neers Shree Singh and Con­trac­tors Hot Springs Hire Ser­vices to se­cure the approval for this de­mo­li­tion work to pro­ceed, he said.

“The to­tal cost of this project was $732,234.11,” Com­mis­sioner Kean said.

The fi­nal stage of the project re­quired the va­cat­ing of 439 pris­on­ers to other cor­rec­tions cen­tres around the coun­try.

The fi­nal stage of the project lasted for seven days from evac­u­a­tion to an­other lo­ca­tion to re­lo­cat­ing them back to Suva.

Photo: Maika Bolatiki

AF­TER: The va­cant lot where the Korovou Prison block once stood.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

BE­FORE: The old prison block be­fore it was de­mol­ished.

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