President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has pledged to develop an airport in Meemu Atoll's Muli if he were re-elected for a second term in the upcoming Presidential Election.
He made the announcement Tuesday at the ceremony held to mark the completion of Muli's land reclamation project, during his official visit to various islands of Meemu Atoll.
The president stated that the people of Muli had long awaited an airport, and vowed that he would make their dream a reality should he be re-elected.
Yameen went on to say that expanding Muli's area by an additional 40 hectares via reclamation, could potentially solve the problem of Muli's lack of space.
He also highlighted that while the state had spent MVR 47 million on Muli prior to 2013, his administration alone has invested MVR 143 million so far.
In his address, the president further noted that the first order of business after he resumed office, was to repay the staggering debts amassed by the government of his predecessor.
Yameen stressed that getting back Maldives' main airport, which Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had sold off to GMR Group of India during its regime, had cost his administration USD 320 million. If his government had not had to bear that debt, Yameen declared that his administration could have undertaken the development of 25-30 airports across Maldives by now.