By SITERI TALEITAKI
Labasa Town special administrator, Vijay Chand, has reassured market vendors that a plan for a double-storey complex is still in place.
The council is hoping to get the shelter done before the festive season where they were expecting a large number of vendors.
“There are further plans for the market reformation like providing dalo sellers a shelter and fish sellers also,” Mr Chand said.
“The Fiji Roads Authority, Land Transport Authority and the Fiji Police Force are also concerned because they don’t want any more vendors selling their produce in the open.”
The council will open new market stall for women soon.
The new market aims to empower women in the Northern Division and the council is hoping for an 80 to 90 per cent increase in female market vendors.
As for the re-construction of the Nabouwalu – Dreketi highway, Mr Chand believes this would improve economic prospects in the North.
The council has received many queries from investors looking to invest in Labasa and Savusavu.
“We hope that investors who have established their businesses in Suva would also expand investment opportunities to the North after the re-construction of the 70-kilometre road,” Mr Chand said.