Opposition coalition's presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu) has pledged to make air travels accessible to the geographically isolated Makunudhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll.
Speaking at a gathering in Makunudhoo during his campaign trip to Haa Dhaalu, Ibu stated that after investigating whether the island requires an airport or seaplane base, either one will be established there.
"There is more work to be done in order to develop an airport. Additionally, the 17-mile reef that surrounds the island will be effectively cultivated under our regime," said Ibu.
According to Ibu, he will not be able to precisely reveal the schematic procedures that will go into building an airport due to excessive research that needs to be carried out beforehand. However, he vowed that he will make air travels accessible one way or another.
During the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) government, a large portion of the island's lagoon was reclaimed and there were plans to develop an airport. However, the abridged presidential term hindered the full implementation of this project.
Hussain Saami, a representative of the council of Makunudhoo, also pleaded for further development of air travels to the island during this gathering.
Furthermore, Ibu pledged to provide efficient health care services with a health centre equipped to offer services of scanning and X-rays, adding that in his government, a paediatrician and gynaecologist will also be brought to the island.
Makunudhoo MP Anaaraa Naeem stated that, due to the poor healthcare facilities on the island, people are forced to endure a three-hour journey to reach the nearest hospital in Kulhudhuhfushi. She pointed out that people have faced tragedies while making this long journey to seek medication.
On his campaign trail to Haa Dhaalu, Ibu has made stops in a number of islands of the atoll and are scheduled to make further stops to the rest of inhabited islands as well. His campaign trail to Haa Dhaalu will come to completion coming Tuesday.