Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) has commenced Raajje Transport Link (RTL) services on 30th August to Shaviyani Atoll connecting the islands of HA, HDh, and Sh atolls within zone one.
The service commenced yesterday and will operate on 7 routes with 4 ferries each with a capacity of 50 passengers. MTCC stated that the first week will be a trial run with no charge.
Raajje Transport Link (RTL) is an initiative of the Government of Maldives under the auspices of the Integrated National Public Ferry Network (INPFN) project to connect the islands, atolls and people of Maldives. Announced in 2021 and spearheaded by the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, RTL was conceived to be delivered to the public over three phases by MTCC:
- Phase One: connecting the islands of Haa Alif, Haa Dhaalu and Shaviyani atolls within Zone One.
- Phase Two: connecting the islands of Noonu, Raa, Baa and Lhaviyani atolls within Zone Two, the islands of Gaafu Alif and Gaafu Dhaalu atolls within Zone Five and the cities of Fuvahmulah and Addu within Zone Six.
- And Phase Three: connecting the islands of Kaafu, Alif Alif, Alif Dhaalu and Vaavu atolls within Zone Three and the islands of Meemu, Faafu, Dhaalu, Thaa and Laamu atolls within Zone Four.