Housing Authority, CEO, Mr. Alipate Naiorosui said, “The Authority so far has facilitated the relocation of about 210 squatters from various squatter settlements to our Caubati Stage 2 and Waila 3B Subdivisions. Following requests from the Ministry of Housing, the Authority took a lead role in resettling squatters from Vunivaivai, Bainiose, Prittam Singh Road, Laqere Market, Koka Place, River Road, Nanuku, Muanivatu, Nasinu Quarry, and Wailea Settlements. In addition,about 40 former Public Rental Board tenants were also relocated to our Waila 3B Subdivision. The Authority’s Waila 3B Subdivision has been sold and no more lots are now available.”
Mr. Naiorosui said “Approximately 15,000 households are living in informal settlements Fiji wide, out of which approximately 9,000 are within the greater Suva area. Currently, the Authority is working with the Ministry of Housing to relocate squatters from Kilikali settlement in Nasinu.”
Kilikali land belongs to Nasinu Land Purchase Cooperative Society (NLPCS). The squatters were served with notices by NLPCS and are developing this land to provide lots to its members.
Mr Naiorosui further said, “A State land has been identified to be developed as “Housing Village” at Sasawira, 10 Miles near Nausori to temporary resettle squatters. The Authority is currently carrying out technical evaluation of tenders received from civil contractors for the construction of the Urban Village. This Subdivision will have road access and piped water and works is expected to begin later this month.
Mr. Naiorosui added, “HA has provided lots to 65 families from Kilikali Settlement at its Waila 3B Subdivision at Davuilevu and 20 families have already moved to Waila 3B Subdivision. The remaining 45 families are in the process of moving after approval of their building plans. Other families that are currently residing at Kilikali Settlement are earmarked for relocation to Urban Housing Village at Sasawira”
Mr. Naiorosui further said “The Authority is closely working with Squatter Resettlement Unit of the Ministry of Housing as funding will be provided for by this Ministry. The construction works at Sasawira Subdivision is expected to be completed within 2 months subject to good weather conditions.”