23rd July 11:09 AM
Landowners at Waidamudamu lift Roadblock at 9 and a half miles in Nausori
By Rusiate Baleilevuka and Save Waqa
Wednesday 12/07/2017

Landowners at Waidamudamu have now opened the road at nine and a half miles in Nausori.

Fijivillage was at the scene and received confirmation that the roadblock was lifted and the road is open from last night after the landowners agreed to go into negotiations.

Police will be meeting with the iTaukei Land Trust Board and the Waidamudamu landowners to resolve this issue.

The landowners had blocked off the road leading to the land which is being developed by the government for the resettlement of squatters.


The roadblock which has since been lifted

They have raised concern that no prior consultation was held with them about the current development and that is why they erected the roadblock.


Landowners meeting with TLTB, Police and FRA

$5 million has been allocated by the Ministry of Local Government to fully develop housing lots at the Waidamudamu Informal Settlement Upgrading Project.

Minister, Parveen Bala had said during the launch of the project that the ministry had many meetings and discussions with the Waidamudamu Development Committee, as they had agreed for the construction of 266 residential lots with 99 years of lease.


Developers waiting to meet with landowners

A total of 1,330 people are expected to have access to fully serviced housing lots and the necessary amenities after the project.

However the Waidamudamu landowners have now raised concern that no prior consultation was held with them about the current development and that is why they erected the roadblock.

Students and other people returning home in the afternoon had to use a feeder road which was not safe.

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