Kudagiri picnic island opening postponed

Kudagiri Picnic Island | Photo: HDC

Malé, Maldives – The opening of Kudagiri picnic island, previously scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed indefinitely.

Speaking to local news “Jazeera” State Minister of Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Akram Kamaluddin stated that the delay was to further complete the structures required and add greenery to the reclaimed island.

State Minister Akram further added that the Ministry is unable to provide an exact date for opening and will announce when the project is close to completion.

Kudagiri is being developed on eight hectares of reclaimed land as a picnic island for the residents of Greater Malé area by state-owned companies.

Land reclamation for the project was carried out by the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), while the rest of the facilities are being developed jointly by five state-owned enterprises under Corporate Social Responsibility.

The masterplan for Kudagiri picnic island was developed by Housing Development Corporation (HDC). The initial plan was to provide all services except accommodation when the island is opened to the public. This would include public toilets, changing rooms and huts as well as water sports facilities will be made available to the public.

Accommodation blocks would be developed under the second phase of the project.

The utility services of the island are being developed jointly by Male’ Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC), Fenaka Corporation and State Electric Company (STELCO).