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PRESS RELEASE
17TH November 2023
Illegal Housing Construction in Informal Settlements to Be Cracked Down On
 

The Ministry of Housing is taking a firm stance against illegal housing construction in informal settlements, announcing stringent measures to enforce compliance with the law. The Ministry is invoking the Informal Settlement Housing Development Act to curb the rampant growth of unauthorized constructions and ensure the safety and well-being of residents in these areas.

Informal settlements, often plagued by inadequate infrastructure and substandard living conditions, have become a major concern for the Ministry. The uncontrolled expansion of housing in these settlements not only poses serious safety risks to residents but also disrupts planned urban development.

Under the provisions of the Informal Settlement Development Act, the Ministry will vigorously pursue legal action against those engaged in unauthorized housing construction. This includes imposing severe penalties on violators and demolishing structures found to be in violation of the law. The Ministry is committed to creating a sustainable and safe living environment for all citizens, and these measures are seen as essential steps towards achieving that goal.

"The Ministry is unwavering in its commitment to upholding the law and ensuring that housing developments adhere to prescribed regulations," stated Manasa Lesuma, Permanent Secretary for Housing. "Illegal constructions not only jeopardize the safety of residents but also hinder the planned growth and development of our communities."

The Ministry will be collaborating closely with local authorities, law enforcement agencies, and community leaders to identify and address instances of illegal housing. The public is urged to report any suspicious or unauthorized construction activities to the Ministry, playing a vital role in maintaining the integrity of housing developments.

The Ministry of Housing emphasizes the importance of cooperation between government bodies and citizens to create thriving, lawful communities. Through the enforcement of the Informal Settlement Development Act, the Ministry is dedicated to fostering sustainable urban growth and providing secure housing for all citizens.

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For further information please contact:

 

Mr. Manasa Lesuma

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Housing

Email: Manasa.Lesuma@mhcd.gov.fj

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