Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Mohamed Muizzu proclaimed at Parliament on Wednesday that President Abdulla Yameen’s administration has spent MVR 1.7 billion on land reclamation projects of 12 islands.
Noting that a total of 360 hectares of land have been reclaimed, he said that the amount also includes revetment projects of the islands as well.
Answering a question posed by the Deputy Leader of Jumhoory Party, Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz, regarding an update of Hirilandhoo land reclamation project, Minister Muizzu replied that it has been decided that the project will not be continued this year. However, he assured that President Yameen would fulfill his promises to the people.
“We will not be able to conduct a project that is not included in this year’s budget,” explained Minister Muizzu.
Major islands in which land reclamation projects are being conducted included the reclaimed suburb of Hulhumale, Hinmafushi and Thulusdhoo in Faafu atoll, Feydhoo and Addu atoll and Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaal atoll.
The housing minister noted that new land reclamation projects are to begin this year as well and that a new dredger is being procured from Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) to eliminate the cost of bringing in a dredger from overseas.