Businessman Welcomes Changes In City
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.