Minister of Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim has revealed that 15 hectares of land has been reclaimed from the lagoon of Thilafushi Island, for its waste management project.
The reclaimed land is part of a USD 158 million project to establish safe disposal and management of waste at Thilafushi, a reclaimed island used for landfill purposes in capital Kaafu Atoll. Minister Thoriq stated that the project aims to make Thilafushi a safe, clean and inhabitable environment.
The government awarded land reclamation of Thilafushi to Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) last April, under a contract to complete the work within 240 days. The reclaimed land will be used to establish modern facilities required for safe waste management.
According to the environment ministry, the government allocated MVR 105 million of the state budge to finance the reclamation.
The government had earlier declared that it was working to stop incineration at Thilafushi this year. The environment ministry had shared that, with the completion of the project which is being undertaken in a series of phases, 500 tonnes of waste could be safely disposed of at Thilafushi daily.
Maldives government is currently undertaking a USD 126 million project to solve Thilafushi's waste management crisis, with the assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB).