Today marked a historic occasion for the people of Nadroga-Navosa and nearby areas after the Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Keiyasi Town Development project.
Keiyasi is one of the four growth centers in Fiji that is part of the Ministry of Local Government’s urban planning and management programme, which is being earmarked as a town.
Prime Minister Rabuka, while delivering his official remarks, said the project is a testament to the foresight of the chiefs and people of Keiyasi in the district of Namataku, and the landowning unit of Namoilevu who have contributed more than nine hectares of land for lease for the realisation of the newest town in Fiji.
“Such new towns like Keiyasi will open up jobs for the people of Navosa and nearby areas, leading to the improvement of their living standards,” he said.
Today’s groundbreaking ceremony marks phase 1 of the project and it involves civil works at the site, with phase 2 focusing on the construction of civic buildings, public amenities such as the market, bus stand, and public parks.
Additionally, the plan includes the development of 27 commercial lots and 4 industrial sites.
“The cost of phase 1 of the project is estimated at $11 million, all of this is being funded by the People’s Coalition Government,” PM Rabuka stated.
He highlighted that the development works for Keiyasi Town aligns with the People’s Coalition Government’s launch of nationwide consultations for the formulation of a new national development plan for Fiji.
“This plan should facilitate practical solutions to the social and economic sectors and it will guide the work of the Coalition Government in unlocking the huge potentials that remote regions like Keiyasi have on offer,” Hon. Rabuka added.
“As work begins today on the creation of the new Keiyasi Town, let it be our prayer and hope that it will live up to its name of being a real growth centre for the chiefs and people of Navosa, that it will be a positive force in fostering unity and love for many generations to come.”
Keiyasi village headmam, Viliame Naliva expressed gratitude on behalf of the villagers, saying the plight of enduring lengthy journeys to reach Sigatoka for government services or to sell farm produce will soon be over.
He said life will certainly be made easier for them, thanking the government for its foresight in bringing such development to their doorsteps.
The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 18 months and will be carried out by Construction Equipment Hire Limited and the Project Manager, West-Eng Consulting Ltd from Lautoka.
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