The fieldwork for the Addu City land reclamation project has begun, according to the Addu City Council.
According to Ali Nizar, the mayor of Addu City, the project’s scope comprises, as a first stage, laying stones and sand at both ends of the Hankede district in Addu. According to him, the dredging project will be finished between August and September 2023. He added that the dredging work for the development master plan is being done by the Dutch business Van Oord India Private Limited. The Addu City Council and the Dutch company met to discuss the latest project updates.
Van Oord India Private Limited was given the USD 84 billion Addu City Land Reclamation Project, which is being carried out thanks to a direct line of credit facility from the Exim Bank of India. The firm plans to reclaim land from the islands Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Maradhoo-Feydhoo, and two islands inside the confines of the lagoon for the purpose of tourism development.
The reclamation project is estimated to be completed in 18 months. Additionally, Maldives Transport Contracting Company (MTCC) was awarded the contract for land reclamation in Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo. The project would result in the reclamation of 194.3 hectares of land in Addu. Additionally, an 11-km road embankment will protect the area as part of the project.