Ministry of Environment on Monday awarded a contract to a private company to conduct research on establishing drainage systems on five islands in Addu Atoll.
Two contracts were signed between the government and Epoch Associates Pvt Ltd to prepare Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and flood mitigation designs for the islands of Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Maradhoo-Feydhoo, Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo in the atoll.
According to the ministry, the total expenditure for the contracts cost MVR 2 million from the state budget.
Flooding has always been a prevalent issue in Addu City, and the ministry guaranteed that the state is devising solutions for the protection of the people, in addition to determining the damage caused to the environment.
The projects will greatly benefit Addu City's development in the future and reduce the long-standing grievances of the atoll's people, said the ministry.
Moreover, as per the ministry, the project is a step towards taking measures to reduce the impact of climate change on the people of the city.
Environment Ministry also confirmed that the ongoing project, worth over MVR 22 million, to establish a drainage system in Feydhoo is nearing completion as well.