Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) announced the development of 31 roads in Fuvahmulah City in addition to the ring road surrounding the island.
The company's Managing Director Hassan Shah told local media Mihaaru last Sunday that about 16 kilometers of road will be tarred. Although part of the ring road was already developed, a distance of 2.9 kilometers will be newly tarred.
"The project value of internal roads is MVR 270 million. The project is carried out as a PSIP (Public Service Investment Project) funded from the state budget. All major roads of Fuvahmulah will be tarred under this project", Shah affirmed.
Additionally, Shah revealed that the cost of the project increased with 20 percent as the government requested the roads to be developed with construction aggregate as the base layer for higher quality. The increase in expense is due to the import cost of the aforementioned materials.
MTCC was granted a period of 730 days, approximately two years, to complete the road development project.
However, MTCC guaranteed project completion by November 2019.
"Road development in Fuvahmulah is directly connected to the dreams of the islanders. Both the government and City Council also want to hasten the process."
Fuvahmulah-born Vice President Faisal Naseem oversaw the progress in road development during his visit to his home island last Saturday.
Construction is currently ongoing to build pavements on the sides of the Ring Road.
The road development project was re-inaugurated in Fuvahmulah, a city with a population of over 10,000, on April 17.
During former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's tenure, Maldives Road Development Corporation Ltd (MRDC) was tasked with developing major roads in the southern city. However, since the project never commenced, the incumbent administration reassigned it to MTCC.