Using the dredger ‘Mahaa Jarraafu’ to reclaim six million cubic meters of land will take around 500 days, says the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC).
MTCC said this in response to the criticism directed at the government, for assigning a foreign company to the Gulhifalhu reclamation project.
Noting this, MTCC’s chief executive officer Hassan Shah noted that the project was assigned to Boskalis Westminster Contracting Limited to be completed in 180 days.
Further noting that it will take the ‘Mahaa Jarraafu’ about 500 days or “around one and a half months” to complete the project, Shah said that the government’s aim is to complete the project as soon as possible.
He said that the dredger is able to reclaim around 12 to 13 cubic meters of land within a day.
Shah added that the ‘Mahaa Jarraafu’ has been assigned to reclaim land Maafushi and Guraidhoo islands.
The USD 53 million project is part of the government’s plans to reduce congestion in capital Malé City, as per President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s pledge.
There have also been concern over the fact that the Gulhifalhu reclamation project was awarded without a bidding process, and the parliament’s committee on public accounts has decided to investigate this.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has also expressed concern over the matter.