Busi­ness­man Wel­comes Changes In City

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Abusi­ness­man has wel­comed the in­stal­la­tion of lights at var­i­ous places by the Suva City Coun­cil. Har­min­dar Singh, who owns a restau­rant on Vic­to­ria Pa­rade, said it was also good to see Po­lice of­fi­cers pa­trolling the city at night on foot and in ve­hi­cles.

Mr Singh said the in­stal­la­tion of lights at var­i­ous places by the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil was long over­due.

“It’s very good. The area out­side my restau­rant is very bright now and with Po­lice pa­trolling at night, it’s a very pos­i­tive move,” he said.

“Peo­ple can be seen walk­ing freely at night be­cause of lights at dif­fer­ent places and Po­lice of­fi­cers on foot pa­trol. How­ever, I have lost a lot of my lo­cal cus­tomers who of­ten came to the restau­rant at night.

“For­eign­ers are still com­ing for lunch or din­ner but it’s the lo­cal cus­tomers who of­ten came at night that I have lost be­cause of the re­cent cases of mug­ging and rob­beries.” Mr Singh said it was also good to see lights in­stalled along the fore­shore and other ar­eas within the city cen­tre.

He also said that more CCTV cam­eras were needed along Vic­to­ria Pa­rade to en­sure that a close watch is kept on what­ever crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties that may take place.

The city coun­cil said two weeks ago that one of the rea­sons to in­stall lights at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions was to beau­tify the city and the other was to brighten up the ar­eas which are fre­quented by peo­ple at night, for their safety and se­cu­rity.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, 14 flood­lights have been in­stalled at Sukuna Park and three at the li­brary.

The flood­lights in­stalled at the li­brary shine to­wards the area where peo­ple sell bar­be­cue and hot­dogs, an area which has been used by crim­i­nal el­e­ments to es­cape af­ter mug­ging peo­ple.

Six­teen lights have been in­stalled at Thurston Gardens, six lights at My Suva Park and eight street lights have been put up at the Suva fore­shore.

Lights in the fore­shore car park that were not work­ing have been up­graded by the coun­cil.

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