‘Plan protects environment’

Power Housing Australia representative Nicholas Proud (right) with other participants attend the 5th Pacific Urban Forum in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Ministry of Local Government’s urban master plan for towns and cities across the country will ensure the protection of existing forest and nature reserves.

This was the assurance made by Local Government Minister Premila Kumar while speaking at the opening of the 5th Pacific Urban Forum in Nadi yesterday.

“The master plan would provide a road map for all future development decisions in the cities and towns to guide, and co-ordinate the various government agencies and 13 municipal councils in carrying out development works,” she said.

“This will cover highways and expressways, bridges and ports, parks and gardens, markets, civic services, bus stands and sporting facilities.

“In tandem with the above, the plan will also study the location of existing forest, nature reserves, rivers, lakes and other significant water bodies to be preserved, to ensure the new urban environment is sustainable and liveable.”

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