The Fiji Times

Voice concerns with authority

- By SITERI SAUVAKACOL­O

THE Housing Authority of Fiji is pleading with residents living near the Tavakubu housing developmen­t to voice environmen­t-related concerns directly with them about works carried out at the developmen­t site.

CEO Robert Sen said it was proper they be made aware of any concerns because they were the major developer of the Sugar City’s latest major housing developmen­t.

His comments came in light of a call by the Lautoka Residents and Ratepayers Associatio­n for a stop work order to be issued and properties affected or damaged by run-off from the site be compensate­d by the developer.

“The Housing Authority has not received any formal complaint or concerns,” Mr Sen said.

“I have not seen any request for the damage of properties apart from the Tropical Cyclone Sarai one where the contractor cleaned up the mess in places that were affected by floodwater­s.

“This is an act of nature and it is just proper that we are informed of what is going on before we take necessary action.”

Lautoka Residents and Ratepayers Associatio­n president Narayan Reddy said the issue had been going on for two years and had reached a stage where people had “suffered enough”.

“Whenever there is flooding in nearby houses, all the contractor does is clean up the mess, they never address the cause of the issue,” Mr Reddy claimed.

“They need to understand that residents have been suffering and they have been left to clean up silt and stone deposits washed into their homes.

“We hope the issue will be addressed urgently.”

 ?? Picture: BALJEET SINGH ?? Mukesh shows the damage done to his back yard because of flash flooding at A V Ram Narayan Rd in Kashmir, Lautoka.
Picture: BALJEET SINGH Mukesh shows the damage done to his back yard because of flash flooding at A V Ram Narayan Rd in Kashmir, Lautoka.
 ?? Picture: BALJEET SINGH ?? Mukesh shows the damaged fence.
Picture: BALJEET SINGH Mukesh shows the damaged fence.

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