Mr Pravin Bala, Lautoka City Council Administrator
The Tappoo Group is a special partner in the development of Lautoka City and its commitment to more than the construction of a multi-million dollar shopping complex is reflective of this, says Lautoka’s Special Administrator Praveen Bala.“This development will be a win-win for the Council and Tappoo,” he said as he addressed guests at the ground- breaking ceremony of the TappooCity Lautoka complex last week.
He was referring to the Tappoo Group’s agreement to fulfill several other projects that would help the Council achieve its objective of transforming Lautoka into a premium, upmarket destination.
The projects include the construction of a gateway to Churchill Park, which is adjacent to the proposed TappooCity shopping complex.
At the rear of the complex, overlooking the park, Tappoo has agreed to construct five corporate booths. It will also develop car parks on the eastern and western ends of the proposed shopping complex.
“Lautoka has a huge potential and Lautoka City Council will support any investment whether it is big or small,” said Mr. Bala.
He said these developments are greatly needed because of the limitations to developing Lautokas central business district.
Mr. Bala also noted that contrary to reports, calls for expressions of interest to develop the areas around Churchill Park were publicised in the Fiji Sun on June 1, 2013, and closed on June 28, 2013.
“Lautoka City Council considered Tappoo Group’s submission as best suited for the area given that we need sustainable economic growth and the substantial investment of around $20m by Tappoo Group to develop an upmarket shopping complex will not only enhance the council’s objective but provide Lautoka residents with wide range of renown brand name products and service,” he said.“What we are about to start today has been the result of intense but fruitful negotiations.”Mr. Bala added that months of negotiation and hard work has finally paid off with the formalization of the partnership between the council and Tappoo.