12 May 2014

More hurdles in Vanuatu airport development

5:59 am on 12 May 2014

The spokesperson for the Efate Vaturisu chiefs group in Vanuatu, Levi Tarosa, says the Government will not be able to compulsorily acquire land for its controversial airport development by its July the 25th deadline.

The Government has revealed few details about the scheme it has with a Singaporean company to build a new international airport on Efate.

Port Vila international airport

Port Vila international airport Photo: RNZ

But it has indicated it will use the Compulsory Land Acquisition Act to get the land it wants.

Mr Tavosa says the Government does not have enough time because it needs to contact all those who have vested interests in the land, including any banks that may hold mortgages over the property.

"They would have to be served notices. You have to serve notices on the lessee. You have to served notices on the lessor and the disputing parties. All the disputing parties have to be served notices of its [the Government's] intention to acquire the land. So I don't think we have that much time."

Levi Tavosa.