MVR 535 million spent in 2 years for Addu: President Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih being welcomed to Addu City during his presidential campaign in 2018 | Photo: Roxeyna Adam

Addu City, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that in the past 2 years, MVR 535 Million has been spent on different projects of Addu City.

While speaking at the virtual meetings of ‘Rahvehi fathis’ campaign held tonight with the candidates of Addu City President Solih said that he has full faith that all pledges made for the people of Addu would be fulfilled, adding that the largest portion of the state budget has so far been utilized towards Addu.

In the last 2 years, MVR 535 million has been spent on numerous projects, from just PSIP only.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives

Apart from this, he also briefed through projects being carried out in various districts of the city.

The MVR 35 Billion budget passed by the People’s Majlis, included MVR 8.306 Billion for Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP).

The projects of PSIP included an allocated amount of MVR 2.9 Million for Male’ area, and the rest for the other islands, mainly Addu City. This is a 774 Million project. In this year’s projects, MVR 523 million has been allocated for projects in Addu City.

This comes as the people of Addu continue to raise questions over the delay in development brought to the city, despite multiple pledges previously during various campaigns.

While Addu City is currently the most populous city of the country after the capital Malé, the government had earlier revealed that a total of MVR 6.3 billion will be spent on the development of the city, excluding the MVR 3.8 billion which India has pledged via its credit line towards the development of roads and harbors of the southern most geographical atoll of the country.

Apart from road development, the ruling party pledged to resolve the existing issues within the electrical, sewerage and water supply systems in the city, as well as to develop the existing Gan International Airport, while expanding options to broaden the tourism industry in the city, during the presidential campaigns.

Addu has been described as a location which should be the hub of development in the southern region of the country by President Solih’s government and that this is exactly the focus of the administration towards the city.