President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Wednesday, inaugurated the Hulhumale' Phase Two water and sewerage project, which was contracted to Male Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC).
According to the company, the completed sewerage network will consist of a 41.35 kilometre-long piping system, pump stations at 12 locations with one main station and an outfall system. The piping system for the water network will measure 54.87 kilometres.
The Hulhumale' Phase Two water and sewerage project is intended to cater to a population of 160,000 and is currently the largest project undertaken by MWSC.
During his address, President Solih stated that the 26,000 households in Phase Two would have adequate plumbing by the time they were occupied.
He also stated that the Hulhumale' project was part of the state's policy of guaranteeing basic services to all inhabited islands within five years, regardless of the size of the resident population.
MWSC's Managing Director Adam Azim and Managing Director of Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Suhail Ahmed also participated in the inauguration ceremony.
According to MWSC's managing director, the Hulhumale' Phase Two water and sewerage project would be completed in 2020. Azim also guaranteed the provision of water and sewerage services to people that took up residence in Hulhumale' prior to the completion date.
MWSC has revealed that USD 15 million (MVR 231 million) has been allocated for the Hulhumale' Phase Two water and sewerage project.
President Solih stated that the Japanese company Hitachi Capital would cover the cost of purchasing supplies while the remaining would be settled by MWSC.
Azim stated that the project cost was initially estimated at USD 42 million and that current costs would save USD 27 million from the government's funds. The managing director also stated that President Solih's aim was to provide the greatest number of services using fewer funds and resources.