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Residents raise concerns over the way consultations are being organised regarding the proposed project along Queen Elizabeth Drive

Residents raise concerns over the way consultations are being organised regarding the proposed project along Queen Elizabeth Drive

By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 02/02/2023

Some residents living in Suva are raising serious concerns over the way public consultations are being organised regarding the environmental impact assessment in relation to a major proposed $600 million investment project along Queen Elizabeth Drive by Tian Lun Investment Limited.

Tian Lun Limited acquired the lease for the state land and state tiri land from the Director of Lands in 2018 for an integrated hotel and tourism development.

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 is now scheduled to be held on the 8th of this month from 6pm to 8pm.

This time the public notice was published in the newspapers with no specific address. Again, residents say they are concerned why the address was not being given.

When we contacted the organizers of the meeting, they said they will change the venue and give the address.

The meeting is now expected to be held at the Royal British Legion at Lot 7 Domain Road.

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.

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