TLTB response to Namosi landowners
March 15, 2019 10:45 am
A lot of misinformation is being propagated by landowners on social media about the three hydro dams that will be built by Hydro Fiji Limited in Namosi.
iTaukei Lands Trust Board chief executive Tevita Kuruvakadua, claims that the landowners were not consulted in the process of issuing these leases are false.
Kuruvakadua says a series of public consultations were held by the TLTB in 2015 which comprised of 41 meetings with 18 villages and respective landowning units in Namosi directly and indirectly affected by the three projects.
He also clarifies the total land area leased out by Energy Fiji Limited for 99 years is 203 hectares; 42.7 hectares is on reserve land and 160.6 is the outside reserve.
The chief executive further adds Hydro Fiji will sublease the land from EFL for 30 years.
TLTB has issued letters of offer for two projects and is still working on the third project where the land is within the reserve and they need to obtain the required consent.
Kuruvakadua says the majority of the landowners support the three projects.
It is estimated the projects will save 30 million litres of fossil fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emission by some 84,000 metric tonnes per annum once fully operational.