The Nasinu Town Council (NTC) today received a new vehicle from the Indian High Commission to assist the municipality in waste management.

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Kumar Bala officiated at the handing over of the vehicle in Suva.

The vehicle was handed over by the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency, Vishvas Sapkal to the NTC special administrator, Mosese Kama.

“We have been talking with the high commission in regards to the donation of a van for Nasinu Town Council to be assigned to the environment division. We have an issue of environmental problem in the Nasinu area,” Minister Bala said.

An environment ranger would also be appointed soon to take care of the vehicle, and assist in waste management.

“Nasinu produces about 16,000 tonnes of waste annually costing the council $1.4m for waste disposal. We are thankful to the Indian Government for rendering support in our efforts towards environmental protection,” Kama said.

High Commissioner Sapkal said the donation was reflective of close bilateral relations between Fiji and India.

“We know that Fiji is carrying the baton for COP23 as president. This is a small contribution in the fight against climate change. We hope this vehicle will be helpful for waste management.”

The new Mahindra Scorpio twin-cab is valued at $54,767.

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