Ex­tend­ing Lau­toka City bound­ary in plan stage

Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive says more ap­pli­ca­tions of new build­ings re­ceived.

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - SALOTE QALUBAU Edited by Naisa Koroi

Talks be­tween the Govern­ment and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Lau­toka to ex­tend the Lau­toka City bound­ary for new devel­op­ment projects are on­go­ing. Lau­toka City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jone Nakau­vadra said these dis­cus­sions were be­ing made with the coun­cil and the Min­istry of Lo­cal Govern­ment.

“Talks for this started last year, but right now we are at the plan­ning stages,” Mr Nakau­vadra said. “There will be three of four phases to this project for the ground­work be­cause it is not an easy job. We are also work­ing with the TLTB’s lands depart­ment, the Fiji Roads Au­thor­ity, EFL and other ser­vice providers.”

Mr Nakau­vadra said they had re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions for new build­ings in the city for sub­di­vi­sions and other de­vel­op­ments, but they were be­ing processed as they came. He con­firmed that the bound­ary ex­ten­sion would take place from a marked area out­side the city. “Right now the bound­ary is only up to Natabua from the Queens

road side and to­wards the Ba side it ex­tends to Palas mo­tors. But we are only ex­tend­ing to­wards Natabua, which is phase one then the rest of the phases will be to­wards Lovu then Waire­be­tia junc­tion,” he said.

As for residents liv­ing in the Natabua area Mr Nakau­vadra said: “No one will be re­lo­cated. We will in­volve zon­ing to de­ter­mine res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial or in­dus­trial lands. It will all de­pend on land use and that’s why we are work­ing with the depart­ment of town and coun­try plan­ning be­cause this is a very big project.

He said the devel­op­ment project was needed to boost the eco­nomic growth of Lau­toka City.

“We need to do this be­cause we have to review our scheme plan, which is ba­si­cally the ar­eas of the city bound­ary. And this will de­ter­mine how the devel­op­ment will take place in the in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial and hous­ing ar­eas. Once we do that then we can look at bigger projects,” he said. Natabua res­i­dent Ashok Ku­mar wel­comes the project.

He said: “I think this will pro­vide more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties when these build­ings do go up around our area, but the only is­sue that they will prob­a­bly need to fix is the stench from the open sewage leak. It might be a prob­lem for those com­pa­nies that want to have build­ings here.”

Photo: Salote Qalubau

The Marked area at Natabua, Lau­toka where the city bound­ary ex­ten­sion devel­op­ment project will take place.

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