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Lands and Environment Ministries to discuss Malolo findings

February 12, 2019 12:59 pm
The resort construction on Malolo Island.

The Lands Minister says he will be meeting with the Environment Ministry tomorrow about the resort construction on Malolo Island.

Ashneel Sudhakar told FBC News the meeting will discuss findings from inspections and the investigation conducted by both the ministries since the issue was brought to light last week.

He says the matter is a serious issue for his Ministry as the initial inspection conducted by his team over the weekend has shown substantial damage to the environment.

“Yes, it is because as you know as anything on the foreshore, anything that is outside dry land, beaches, mangroves, and seabed, it all belongs to the state. It belongs to the people. So the Ministry for lands is the custodians for the property of the people and the state so if someone goes ahead and develop land without our permission then that is obviously a. concern for us.”

The proposed resort on Malolo was to include overwater villas, restaurants, a club as well as beachfront units, ridge units, a kindergarten, a spa, and back-of-house facilities.

The Minister adds the meeting will also include the Solicitor General’s office for legal representations to discuss what has transpired so far.

Meanwhile, the Freesoul Development Limited, which is responsible for the construction on the island maintains its stand that the project is legitimate and beneficial for all tourism stakeholders.