Kean: Why Demolish Korovou Prison Block
‘Demolition works cost $732,234.11’
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.
AFTER: The vacant lot where the Korovou Prison block once stood.
BEFORE: The old prison block before it was demolished.