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Kudagiri Picnic Island expected to open in December

Lamya Abdulla
08 December 2022, MVT 09:41
(FILE) Main dock visitors to Kudagiri Picnic Island would be using, photographed on July 25, 2022: Approximately MVR 41 million was spent on this project -- Photo: Fayaz Moosa
Lamya Abdulla
08 December 2022, MVT 09:41

Ministry for National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure has said once again that they are working to open Kudagiri Picnic Island to the public within this month.

State minister at the ministry for national planning, Akram Kamaaludheen said on Tuesday that work was still ongoing in order to ensure they can open Kudagiri to the public.

The government had previously aimed to open the island on Maldives' Independence Day, on July 26 of this year. However when that was not feasible, they later set the date to November 11.

The government was not successful in opening the island to the public by that date either. Now, they are working to open the island before the year is over.

Planning ministry have said Kudagiri island was developed so that families can spend a pleasant time together. According to the ministry, the arrangements for the island are based on a modern and environmentally friendly concept.

(FILE) Some of the buildings in Kudagiri Picnic Island, photographed on July 25, 2022 -- Photo: Fayaz Moosa/ Mihaaru

Kudagiri Picnic Island, approximately 10.5 kilometers away from Male', can be reached within 15 minutes on speedboat. The island was reclaimed with a 1.5 hectare sandbank to go along with Kudagiri.

A mosque and a building that would provide basic necessities to picnic goers have also been completed. Water sewerage networks have been completed in the island in addition to connecting electricity as well. Approximately MVR 41 million was spent to develop the island.