NADI BOOMING WHILE FIJI IN SLUMP

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Construction up while new developments in pipeline

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 7, 2009) – The Nadi Town Council will extend its town boundaries to cater for the booming developments in the township.

Town Clerk Robin Ali said they were still awaiting a decision on the outcome of their application.

While most of the country was experiencing a slump in the construction industry, Nadi is the only town where the industry is enjoying a healthy life.

"It is true. Nadi has been booming in terms of building developments," Mr. Ali said. "There are lots of developments in the pipeline. The economy of Nadi is doing well."

Since 2006, building developments in the flood-prone town continued despite the political instability with some nearing completion.

The town council has been busy supervising and approving multi-million dollar projects.

As such, the town boundary is getting smaller forcing people to develop just outside the town boundary. The extension of the town boundary is a lengthy process and would include public participation.

Some former sugar cane lands have already been subdivided and converted into residential and commercial lots. Projects already nearing completion include four shopping malls, six supermarkets (some are already under construction), cinemas and other commercial developments.

RB Patel's $8million [US$4.6 million] investment is almost complete while other major projects are in the pipeline.

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