Working to do a ‘high jump’ for Addu development: Minister Fayyaz

Economic Development Minister Fayyaz Ismail | Photo: Sun

Addu City, Maldives —The Economic Minister of Maldives, Fayyaz Ismail has stated that they are working to do a ‘high jump’ for Addu development.

Minister Fayyaz announced this while speaking at the virtual “Rahvehi Fathis” Campaign that was held last night with the candidates who were applying for the Addu City council in the upcoming local council elections.

While speaking at the event, Minister Fayyaz stated that they are currently working on doing a high jump to the Addu City since currently the most developed city after Malé is Addu, making Addu City a place that can progress with a huge change within a short period of time.

Minister Fayyaz stated that the government is working on developing Addu City the way the residents of Addu foresees by already carrying out projects such as reclaiming lands and the development of the Gan International Airport. According to Minister Fayyaz, all of these projects are expected to take approximately USD 180 million.

Minister Fayyaz detailed the progress of the Gan International Airport project and stated that an Indian consultant is expected to vitsit Addu City towards the end of this year to do the feasibility report needed to initiate the project. Minister Fayyaz stated that the ministry expects the airport project to be handed over to a constructing company within the third quarter of this year.

In addition to this, Minister Fayyaz stated that the Ministry is working on increasing the bed capacity in Addu City to improve the tourism sector in the area by developing two uninhabited islands in Addu, Hankede and Savaahili for tourism purposes.

Minister Fayyaz stated that these two islands combined are expected to have a total of 4,000 beds and that the Ministry has already started searching for funds and planning the projects.

Along with this, Minister Fayyaz also revealed last night that under a special plan for the tourism in Addu City and Fuvahmulah City, SDFC will be spending a large amount of money on the two islands to improve the agricultural and fishing businesses in the area.