Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer has said that MVR 6.2 billion has been spent on water and sewerage systems in the past four years, and that water and sewerage systems will be established in all islands of the Maldives by the end of next year. He made these remarks at the MDP Congress.
Regarding the projects being carried out by the government, Ameer stated that water and sewerage projects have been carried out twice as much as the previous two governments in the past four years. He said that when the current administration came to power, out of the 200 inhabited islands in the Maldives, water and sewerage services were provided in only 40 islands at the time.
“Work is underway to build water and sewerage systems in all islands of the Maldives. It is hoped that the water and sewerage project in all islands of the Maldives will be completed by the end of next year,” he said.
While water and sewerage projects have been completed in 104 islands, contracts have been awarded for 28 projects.
According to Ameer, MVR 100 million was spent on road development projects from 2008 to 2018. However, projects worth MVR 3.4 billion have been contracted in the past four years, he said. Ameer also said that MVR 6.5 billion worth of harbour development projects have been contracted, and that MVR 2.6 billion has been spent on education projects.
Ameer said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of work has been done for the development of the Maldives in the past four years.