Public consultation for proposed Tian Lun project postponed again

Public consultation for proposed Tian Lun project postponed again

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 07/02/2023
[Photo Credit: Jimmy Bee]

There has been another postponement of the public consultation relating to the proposed $600 million investment project along Queen Elizabeth Drive by Tian Lun Investment Limited.

Many residents were ready for the consultation to be held from 6pm to 8pm tomorrow at the Royal British Legion at Lot 7 Domain Road.

However organizers have now issued a notice, saying the meeting has been postponed temporarily due to a sewage problem at the Royal British Legion Office.

Concerned residents are wondering why there has been no publicity about such a huge project that will affect the environment along Queen Elizabeth Drive.

Firstly, they raised concerns that the consultations with the public was scheduled on the Christmas Day public holiday last year.

They ask what was the intention to hold it on that day as they would definitely get poor turnout.

When fijivillage News raised this issue with the Department of Environment at the time, the public consultation meeting was postponed to a later date.

It was then set for tomorrow with a location given with no address.

Residents again raised concerns and we contacted the organizers.

They then changed the venue of the meeting saying that the Royal British Legion will have more space.

The Environment Department will assess the outcome of the consultations and then expect an Environmental Impact Assessment report before making the final decision on whether the project can go ahead.

The project called Fiji Tian Lun Square is proposing to have office facilities, hotels, apartments and a residential landscape.

General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches, Reverend James Bhagwan has already made a plea to the government to cancel the lease for the state land and state tiri land and not allow the proposed $600 million investment project along Queen Elizabeth Drive by Tian Lun Investment Limited.

In a video released to fijivillage News by Reverend Bhagwan, he says the people of Fiji need to oppose this proposed project which could end up getting a 99 year lease from the Ministry of Lands.

A five year lease was issued by the Lands Ministry in 2018.

Reverend Bhagwan says the government needs to send a clear message by revoking the lease.

We have sent questions to Lands Minister, Filimoni Vosarogo. He is yet to respond.

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