February 03, 2014

Raiwai PRB flats nearly complete

17:07 Yesterday (02 February 2014)
Report by: Elenoa Turagaiviu

Work on the Raiwai Public Rental flats is nearly complete, a year after a stop work notice was issued to the contractor.

China Railway First Group resumed work in October, after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama intervened and settled a dispute over the cost of the project.

The houses were supposed to be ready by the end of 2012.

The Permanent Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office Pio Tikoduadua says they want to the project to be completed as soon as possible.

After almost a year of work, it surfaced that the total cost of the project is twice the initial amount.

The Prime Minister intervened, and China threw a lifeline.

Tikoduadua says the nine point three million dollar grant from the Chinese government came at the right time.

When completed, the flats – intended for low to middle income earners – is expected to house two hundred and eight tenants. It should be open by August.

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