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Maldives biggest coastal protection project starts

Lamya Abdulla
13 December 2021, MVT 13:49
Representatives of Ministry of National Planning and MT Højgaard sign the contract to develop the coastal protection project in Fuvahmulah -- Photo: Ministry of National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure
Lamya Abdulla
13 December 2021, MVT 13:49

Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure signs with Netherland's company MT Højgaard on Sunday evening to start the largest coastal protection project in Maldives.

The project aiming to protect Fuvahmulah costs MVR 300 million (USD 19.5 million)

In the ceremony held in Fuvahmulah to commemorate the signing, Minister for National Planning Mohamed Aslam said it took them 10 years to get to the stage of initiating field work for the project.

He said this project was first attempted in Former President Mohamed Nasheed's administration. Even though the proposal was sent then it did not go ahead for various reasons, according to the minister.

As the project has been signed now, MT Højgaard will have a period of 600 days to complete it.

Under this project a seawall of 2.6 kilometers will be constructed in Fuvahmulah. This is the largest seawall to be built in Maldives so far.

The Minister said that many development projects will be carried out in Fuvahmulah in the future as well. After mentioning projects being carried out in other islands, he noted that they will be carried out at a rapid space as well.