Executive Summary Greater Suva Area Pre-Feasibility Study Drainage and Flood Management
October 10, 2012
In 2011, the Suva, Lami, Nasinu and Nausori Councils sought technical assistance from the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) to help realize the councils’ shared vision for the Greater Suva Area (GSA) to become a “well serviced and economically vibrant” urban area. The ensuing CDIA study prepared a 5-Year Medium Term Infrastructure Investment Program (MTIIP) covering eight priority projects in four sectors, namely: urban transport, drainage and flood management, wastewater management and solid waste management. From this project list, two high priority projects in: (i) urban transport and (ii) drainage and flood management were selected by stakeholders for Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS). This Report documents the PFS for the GSA Drainage and Flood Management Project.
The Project will improve drainage and flood management infrastructure in the four GSA council areas. It has been designed to improve the quality of life of GSA residents, support economic growth and enhance the GSA’s role as Fiji’s main economic center. The Project also aims to strengthen the overall urban drainage and flood management sector by: (i) supporting the establishment of a Department of Urban Drainage (DURD) in the Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment (MLGUDHE); (ii) strengthening urban drainage sector planning, management and implementation capacities in MLGUDHE and the GSA councils, and; (iii) strengthening the institutional and policy framework for providing sustainable urban drainage services. It will also promote the participation of citizens, particularly women and the poor in urban drainage management and services.