The China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has proposed to construct 15,000 housing units in Rasmale. This announcement was made at a press conference held at the President’s Office.
Policy Secretary Abdulla Nazim, during a press conference, detailed that CSCEC, a major Chinese construction company, has expressed its interest in this large-scale project. This proposal is a part of a broader initiative by the Maldivian government to develop 30,000 housing units in the area.
CSCEC is not new to Maldivian infrastructure projects. The company has previously undertaken significant projects in the country, including the “Hiyaa” project and the development of waste transfer stations in Male and Villimale.
The proposal, as per Nazim, is yet to undergo detailed negotiations regarding cost and quality aspects. These discussions will involve the Ministry of Housing, Land and Urban Development, and the Ministry of Construction and Infrastructure.
Additionally, Minister Haidar, in an interview with PSM, the state media, confirmed that the development of the 30,000 housing units would commence simultaneously. The housing project in Rasmale is also set to include essential services like water and sewage systems, along with road development.
The Rasmale project, noted for being the largest housing initiative in the Maldives, is expected to reach completion within eight months. This ambitious timeline underscores the government’s commitment to addressing the housing needs in the region.
The agreement with China for this project is a significant step in Maldives-China cooperation, indicating a strengthening of ties between the two nations, particularly in the realm of infrastructure development.