Addu City, Maldives – Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) has announced that the physical works for Hithadhoo Port development will start next month.
In a press conference held by MPL, CEO Shahid Ali told that the second port developed by MPL and wholly owned by the state-owned Company, Hithadhoo Ports Limited (HPL) is expected to start within the month of November.
Re-development of Hithadhoo Regional Port was awarded to Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) on April 2, 2021 to be completed within 525 days. The project was awarded during the local council elections campaign period.
According to the details received by ‘The Times of Addu’, the port expansion project includes dredging an area of 160,000 sqm and reclamation of 8.4 hectares. In addition to this, two quay walls would also be developed.
The first quay wall (Quay wall A) will be 200m long and 80m wide while the second one (Quay wall B) will be 165m long and 60m wide. In addition to this, a breakwater of 429m will also be developed within the project.
In the ceremony held to award the project to MTCC, the CEO of Maldives Ports Limited (MPL), Shahid Ali stated that the company always received complaints of the current harbor at Hithadhoo Port being not satisfactory for boats and cargo ships to use and that this project will be the solution for the current issues. Shahid also stated that the project will be completed within one and a half years and that the project will break ground within a short period.
Speaking at the same ceremony, CEO of Adam Azim also gave the reassurance that the project will be completed within the given timeline. He also added that development of Maldives had taken steps back during the former administration and that everyone in the current administration knew how important its to complete the developmental projects soon.